Royal Strelitzia Care
“A flower is a bird of paradise” - this is the name of stlicia in England and the USA. And, indeed, bright large, unusually shaped Strelitzia flowers resemble an exotic bird.
The impression is made not only by Strelitzia flowers, but also by its large, slightly wavy leaves at the edges, which are held by thick cuttings. Strelitzia leaves are very similar to young banana leaves. The length of the leaves can reach half a meter. The height of the plant itself can reach 1.5 meters.
To grow this plant, room temperature is suitable, which in winter should not be lower than 12 degrees.
Strelitzia needs diffused light without direct sunlight. The plant feels good in partial shade and even in the shade.
Strelets need regular watering. From spring to late autumn, watering should be plentiful, the soil should be constantly moist. To irrigate Strelitzia take soft, settled water at room temperature. In winter, watering is reduced.
Strelitzia leaves should often be sprayed with soft, warm water and wiped with a damp cloth. A pot with a plant can be placed in a tray with wet expanded clay. In winter, spraying is carried out with cool water.
The soil for cultivation must be taken fertile and loose. A mixture consisting of turf, leafy soil, humus, compost soil and sand, taken in equal proportions, is well suited. It is also necessary to provide good drainage.
Strelitzia is fed from spring to autumn three times a month with organic fertilizers. The plant responds well to the presence of nitrogen in the soil.
Transplantation is usually carried out in the spring. Young plant specimens can be transplanted every year, adults - once every several years, combining transplantation with division of the rhizome. The diameter of the pot for an adult plant should not be less than 30cm. care should be taken when transplanting the roots, as they are rather brittle.
Strelitzia propagates by seeds, division of rhizomes and lateral shoots.
The seeds are rubbed with sandpaper and the day after that they are soaked in warm water. Sow seeds in wet sand at 24-26 degrees. Seeds germinate within 1.5 months. When the sprout becomes noticeable, it is transplanted into a mixture of earth and sand. As the seedlings grow, the temperature is gradually reduced to 18 degrees.
Young plants bloom only after 3-4 years.