The Best Way to Water Your Strelitzia

The Best Way to Water Your Strelitzia

Care Instructions


Strelitzia likes moisture but doesn't want to stay wet during a long time so it actually needs a soil that drains well and can withhold water at the same time. It's also important that it's planted in a pot with drainage holes. If all this is done properly but it still doesn't dry up: make sure that it gets enough light (at least 6 hours of sunlight each day).


BEFORE YOU WATER

Feel the soil; it should be a bit moist but not wet when watering it again. Squeeze a bit of soil between your fingers, if water seeps out it’s still wet.

If the soil is wet - snooze this action, we will remind you again in 2 days.


White Bird of Paradise

WATER OVER THE SOIL

  1. Pour water over the soil, using, for example, a watering can or put the plant directly under a tap

  2. Continue adding water to the pot until it starts to run out from the drainage holes

  3. If you have a tray under the pot when watering, make sure you remove all the collected water afterwards - never let your plant sit in water

  4. If you watered under a tap make sure that water has stopped running out from the bottom before putting it back

“Perfect draining soil that also can withhold some moisture = perfect for the Strelitzia" — PLANTA TIP


BOTTOM WATERING

  1. Fill the plant tray with water

  2. Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray

  3. Wait for about 10 minutes

  4. Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray

  5. If it’s still dry —> add more water to the tray

  6. Wait 20 more minutes before removing the excess

NOTE

Bottom watering will not wash away salts and other minerals from the soil, so make sure to also give water over the soil every now and then.

Strelitzia, Bird of paradise

WATER BATH

  1. Fill a bucket or any other vessel with lukewarm water

  2. Lower the whole pot down in the water, stop where the stem of the plant starts. Make sure all of the soil is under water

  3. The water will now start to bubble - wait until it stopped

  4. Lift the pot up and let the excess drain off

  5. Put the plant back in the cachepot or on the tray

  6. After 1 hour, check that the plant isn’t standing in water, if it is it might get overwatered and rot