Plant Identification- Calla Lily About to Flower

Can you tell me what this plant is. And how to care for it

Hi Catherine,

Your plant looks like a Clivia plant that’s just getting new flowers. Here is a picture of what the full flower will look like.

Large orange flowers and green leaves on Clivia Plant

Clivia plants, close relatives of amaryllis plants, are easy care almost indestructible flowering plants. They  bloom for about 4 weeks during the late spring and early summer when the weather is warm and the days are long. Clivia plants, or Kaffir Lilies as they are sometimes called, are large plants that can grow 2-3 feet tall and almost as wide. Planting a Clivia plant in a heavy clay or ceramic pot prevents it from tipping over. The older a Clivia plant gets the more beautiful it becomes.

A Clivia Plant needs bright indirect light but no direct sun. Direct sun scorches the leaves and ruins the flowers. During the summer, a Clivia Plant loves to go outside as long as you keep it in the shade.

Water a Clivia plant well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. They prefer to be on the dry side. Pale green or orange lesions on the leaves indicate you are over-watering.

You can read all my care tips for a Clivia plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.

https://www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/clivia-plant-how-to-grow-care-for-a-clivia-plant

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