Repot Strelizie - be careful!

Repot Strelizie - be careful!

It's time to repot when ...

... the parrot flower:

  • suffers from a nutritional deficiency and no longer blooms
  • pushing their roots out of the drainage holes
  • lets its roots peek out of the earth above
  • stands in a substrate that is too wet and root rot may set in
  • is in a pot that is too narrow
  • only grows poorly

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When do you repot the Strelitzia?

It is usually necessary to repot a Strelitzia every 3 years. Frequent repotting should be avoided for the plant. Older specimens can also be repotted less often because they no longer grow as quickly. The best time is in spring after overwintering or in summer after flowering.

Warning: the roots are extremely fragile!

One should not proceed radically and roughly here. The roots of the Strelizie are considered to be extremely sensitive. The fleshy roots break easily. If they are injured, the flowers may not appear.

Get out of the pot and shake off the old earth

First, the plant is carefully removed from the old pot with the root ball. Shake off the old earth. Now would be a good time to split the perennial in case you want to propagate it.

Find the right substrate or mix it yourself

If a tall bucket is ready, you can start filling it with soil. But which earth is suitable? You can use conventional potting soil or potting soil. Alternatively, you can mix the substrate yourself, for example from compost, sand or fine-grained lava and coconut. It is important that it is permeable and has a pH value below 7.

What should you watch out for afterwards?

Do not fertilize the plant after repotting. However, watering is crucial in the subsequent period so that the Strelitzia can grow. It should not be cut, as this puts additional stress on it.


In the years between repotting, the top layer of soil can be replaced.