Hacking Apart a Very Pot Bound Clivia

Mike Rummerfield mikerumm@gmail.com
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:03:50 PDT
RE: dividing Clivia

Actually, now (just after blooming) is a good time to divide Clivia.
Here's a link to a Clivia specialist's guide to dividing Clivia:

There should be some happy new owners of Clivia due to your efforts.
Good luck,

On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 5:38 PM, Judy Glattstein <jgglatt@gmail.com> wrote:

> A friend who will be moving is clearing out the 20 ft by 20 ft sun room. I
> collected his orange clivia late last week because yesterday was my garden
> club's divide and multiply workshop, geared towards garden perennials that
> will be sold at the early July arts festival. The clivia would be a high
> class addition to our usual offerings.
> I have never divided a clivia. First effort was getting the dang thing out
> of its pot. I seriously thought I'd have to take a hatchet to the pot but
> eventually out it came. If there wasn't any soil left in the root mass it
> wouldn't surprise me. After fruitless twiddling and plucking at the tight
> root mass (reminded me of when one of the cats takes a skein of yarn and
> runs through the house, under chairs, up and down stairs, then saunters off
> leaving me with the tangle) I dumped it in a bucket of water to soak for a
> while.
> The roots loosened but not sufficiently to do much good. Casting a prayer
> to the gods of chlorophyll I went at it with a serrated knife. Ended up
> with three very nice divisions, all with goodly amount of roots. Two good
> divisions with minimal amount of roots. And one division with lots of roots
> and a growing point but no leaves.
> Took everything home and let them sit in the garage overnight, then potted
> them up this morning in a very gritty mix. Did not water.
> Delivered one of the best divisions back to the original owner. Will keep
> one for myself. Will tend the others until early July and the plant sale.
> Fingers crossed for their survival and recovery.
> This is no doubt the wrong time of year to do this sort of plant butchery
> but it was when the occasion presented itself.
> Be gentle while scolding me, but any suggestions / advice on followup care
> would be welcome.
> Judy in New Jersey, where it is raining
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