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"Clivia Problem"

Started by Richard - 2066 Saturday, 27 February 2016
 I"ve grown Clivia for years and have only had one problem with blue/black hairy caterpillars. Now I have another problem. In one patch about 1m x 1m 5-6 Clivia"s were leaning over. When I reached in to straighten them up the green leaves and short stem came out of the ground intact, but without roots attached. It would seem that something is eating around the stem below ground level. I"ve used a Confidor drench and replanted, but I notice one of those is similarly affected. Any ideas, please?
Member Responses

 Lloyd - 4060 Tuesday, 29 March 2016
 I know the caterpillar problem - but total removal of the core of the plant as you describe suggests over watering to me. That seems like a big patch which might be prone to retaining water - but I bet they looked spectacular in bloom. Why not try separating them out - carefully - and see if that makes them more robust. I reckon they can be hardy. There was once a swathe of them at brisbane international airport that copped full western sun in the afternoon and they looked splendid. And I think I killed off some I had in a biggish pot that got too wet. Good luck.

 Adelina - 2477 Monday, 11 May 2020
 This also happened to me in areas of my garden where when it rains the water is slow to drain or dry out specially in winter when the shade is deeper. I have removed my plants and treated the base with sulphur then mixed a whole heap of gravel in the planting holes and replanted them in mounds. This seems to have helped although some that were especially bad have gone to God.

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