Plant Care Congo cockatoo

Congo cockatoo

Also known as

Parrot impatiens and Parrot plant

Taxonomy

Impatiens niamniamensis
Impatiens
Balsaminaceae
Ericales

How to care for Congo cockatoo

💦 Water

How often to water your Congo cockatoo

Water needs for Congo cockatoo
0.5 cups
every 9

Congo cockatoo needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Congo cockatoo

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Congo cockatoo in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Congo cockatoo: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Congo cockatoo love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Congo cockatoo does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Congo cockatoo in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Congo cockatoo

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Congo cockatoo: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Congo cockatoo after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Congo cockatoo prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

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☀️ Sunlight Needs

Congo cockatoo requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

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🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Congo cockatoo prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

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🪴 Soil

Congo cockatoo does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Congo cockatoo →

When and How to Successfully Repot Congo cockatoo →


💩 Fertilizer

Congo cockatoo should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Congo cockatoo is native to the Northern Hemisphere.


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Congo cockatoo

Congo cockatoo

Congo cockatoo


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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