Should you keep the soil moist or dry?
The substrate should be kept evenly moist. Under no circumstances should accumulated moisture or persistent dryness occur. Regular watering with low-lime water is therefore essential. Always water when the top layer of soil has dried up!
- With this care the corkscrew rush stays fit!
- The lungwort - perfectly healthy with this care!
- Rose nostalgia - with this care it really blooms!
What is the nutritional requirement?
Since Strelitzia nicolai's nutritional requirements are low to moderate, you don't have to resort to fertilizers every week. In the main vegetation period between April and October it is sufficient to fertilize this tropical plant every 2 to 3 weeks. Use a conventional liquid fertilizer for container plants. A slow release fertilizer is not recommended.
What should be considered when cutting?
You don't cut this Strelitzia. You should only remove old, brown and completely dried leaves. Use your hands, not scissors! The leaves are torn out so that no leaf stumps remain. New sheets are pushed in again.
Which diseases and pests can occur?
If the root area remains wet, root rot, a disease, can occur. Then quick action in the form of repotting is the order of the day. In terms of pests, scale insects and mealybugs can attack this Strelitzia, especially in winter.
How do you overwinter this plant?
Since the parrot flower is not hardy, it should stay indoors through the winter. It will overwinter in a cool or warm place. It is important that there is sufficient light so that it does not lose its leaves. Both a cool and airy bedroom and a warm living room are suitable for this.
When is a repotting action necessary?
Take the following tips to heart:
- Repot when the roots look out from below
- ideal time: early spring
- the new vessel should be slightly larger than the old one
- remove old earth
- Use fresh potted plant soil
- like to add some sand and gravel (for better drainage)
If the Strelitzia nicolai is overwintered warm, it can be supplied with fertilizer once a month in winter.