Strelitzia nicolai

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Strelitzia nicolai is known for its unusual, orange, spiky flowers resembling an exotic bird, which gives this plant its nickname of Bird of Paradise. While making it flower is a bit of a challenge, the foliage of this plant is incentive enough to keep it. When mature, this plant will offer structure within a group of plants or can act as a statement plant for any room.

Size: 10cm pot x 15cm height

Origin: Central and South American rainforests.


Light: Bright indirect light

Humidity: Moderate-high

Temperature: 16-24ºC

Watering: Allow the top 2 cm of the soil to dry between waterings when the plant is actively growing, usually from spring through autumn. It is important that the bottom part of the soil remains moist (not soggy), so do not let the soil dry fully. Reduce watering frequency in winter if light levels are lower.

Feeding: Use half the recommended dose of a balanced liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks from spring through early autumn, or whenever you can see active growth.

Soil: Well-draining and rich in organic matter. Multipurpose/houseplant potting mix and orchid bark, perlite or sand.

Troubleshooting: Bird of Paradise plants like warm, moist environments. You can help increase humidity levels with a humidifier, placing several plants together or using a pebble tray. Keep away from radiators or heaters. Browning leaves with yellow spots may indicate overwatering. Leaves drooping, browning and crispy could mean the plant is underwatered or isn't receiving enough light.

Tip: This plant can be toxic if ingested, so we advise to keep it away from pets and children.

Did you know? The leaves of Strelitzias split as they mature, especially if exposed to wind. This is their natural behaviour and it's nothing to worry about. In the wild, this allows for light to get to the bottom leaves of the plant.