Best Pot for a Bird of Paradise Plant – Find the Right Pot Size

Choosing the correct pot size, and pot material are very important when it comes to keeping your plant happy. Choosing a pot that is too big, increases your soils drying out time, making root rot a possibility. Choosing a pot that is too small, can cause unhappy roots if your container becomes too rootbound quickly.

Choosing the correct pot size

When thinking about choosing a pot, you’ll want to consider your plant. How big is it currently?

The Bird of paradise experiences rapid growth during the first few years, so this is something to keep in mind. The plant also does not enjoy being repotted too often, as it is not a fan of its roots being disturbed. 

Only repot at the first sign of an issue, or when the plant outgrows its current container.

Choosing the correct container

When picking a pot, you’ll want to choose the next size up. Pots that are too large will increase drying time and could lead to root rot. Pots that are too small will result in repotting in the near future.

Choosing a pot for your Strelitzia

Strelitzias love having their roots slightly bound and do very well in pots. For this reason, your pot should not be much bigger than your plant’s root system. It should fit comfortably.

Do not force or bend the roots in any unnatural positions. This is a sign to increase your pot size.

Self-watering pots

If you are afraid of over, or under-watering, then a self-watering pot might be a good solution for you. They also offer the convenience of not having to remember to water your plant.

As your Bird of Paradise is prone to root rot, you’ll want to keep an eye when you first put her to ensure she is happy with the water she receives. Adjust as needed.

It is recommended if you make use of a self-watering pot, that you occasionally give your plant a good top watering, to get rid of any chemical build-ups.

Pots with drainage holes

You’ll always want to use a container with drainage holes for your Bird of paradise. She will not tolerate soggy soil.

Placing her in a pot without drainage holes is a sure path to root rot and an unhappy Strelitzia.

Terracotta Pots 

Terracotta pots are excellent for those who are guilty of overwatering. Terracotta draws moisture out of the soil, minimizing your chances of root rot. 

They are also attractive and can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Plastic pots

Plastic pots are a practical, cheap option. Just be sure your pot has drainage holes. 

Similar to terracotta pots, they can be used both indoors and outdoors, and are your most lightweight option if you plan on moving your plant indoors for the colder months.

Ceramic pots

Ceramic pots are usually chosen for their attractive appearance. They come in a wide variety of styles but often lack a drainage hole.

This should be avoided. Instead, size up the pot cover and place a smaller pot inside with drainage holes to ensure your plant doesn’t sit in wet soil.

Cement pots

Cement pots have become increasingly popular with DIY garden enthusiasts. Should you choose a cement pot, be sure the inside is sealed as raw cement will release chemicals into the soil as you water your plant. As Strelitzias are very sensitive to chemicals, we want to avoid this.

Watering your plant after repotting

Your Bird of paradise will need to be repotted every few years when it begins to outgrow its pot. After you have repotted your plant into well-draining soil, you’ll want to provide it with a drink of water. Be sure to adjust your watering schedule to keep your plant happy in its bigger pot.