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Seattle, WA
mdplant
Jun 7, 2020 10:38 AM CST
Hello everyone,

I bought this Strelitzia Nicolai in early March and it's been sitting in front of a West facing window upstairs. When purchased, there was a furled shoot that unfurled smoothly in the spot that it's in. I have not fertilized or done anything since, just watering around every 2 weeks or longer depending on the weather. Last month or so, one new shoot is forming.

Lately, I've noticed the roots on the bottom of the nursery pot are growing out. I read that BOP roots like to grow deep- I'm just wondering if it will be fine to leave it as is or if I need to move it into a deeper container?

I'm not exactly sure where I could find a container like this, but I'd try to keep the diameter the same or just slightly larger than the current size but taller in height:
- Nursery pot is ~9.25 inches
- Cache pot's inner diameter is 9.5 inches
- Nursery pot height is ~10 inches
- Height of the current cache pot is 10.75 inches.


Thank you!


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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 7, 2020 11:02 AM CST
It looks like it may be in a 3 gallon. The next size up would be a 5, then a 7 then a 10, 15,20 etc. Nursery pots come in a variety if heights and widths. Many nurseries have a cache of used pots that they sell for cheap. Box stores often have brand new ones. You could look around and see if you can find one that you think would work.

When they are grown in the ground like they are here, White BOP can reach heights over time of 20+ feet. They need the deeper root systems to anchor themselves upright. The same is true of the Traveller's Palm, Ravenella madagascarensis. And the deep root system helps them withstand the winds during storms. I have never grown a containerized one to be honest. But it has always been my policy to repot any plant that has roots starting to come out the bottom.



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Seattle, WA
mdplant
Jul 6, 2020 10:35 AM CST
Hello there - Thank you for your response Thank You! Please excuse my later reply. I really wasn't sure if it was root bound at first because whenever I water, it does still seem to retain moisture pretty well (weekly waterings now in the warmer month). Since last month, I see another new root coming out from the bottom holes so I'll go ahead and go up a size and repot.

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