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The Strelitzia Nicolai is, without a doubt, one of our favourite plants here at The Little Botanical. With huge glossy leaves, it’s a stunning indoor plant that flourishes with a bit of TLC.
Did you know? The plant is also known as the Bird of Paradise, Wild Banana Plant, and the Crane Flower. It’s a cousin of the banana, which is why it looks so similar.
Read more over on our blog: The Beautiful Bird of Paradise | Strelitzia
The Strelitzia Nicolai is happiest when most of its soil is damp. Before watering, only let the top layer of soil dry out first. You can check this by dipping your finger about two inches into the soil. Aim to water your plant once a week- 10 days depending on the time of year. Please check the moisture levels before rewatering, if the top layer of soil is still moist, leave it a couple more days.
Your birds of paradise enjoy plenty of sunlight, so place it somewhere bright and sunny. Be careful of full sunshine in the heart of summer, as this could scorch the leaves and they may turn brown.
The Strelitzia will thrive in increased humidity, so try misting your plant in winter when the central heating is on and the air is dry.
Don’t worry if you notice your plant’s leaves splitting at the ends. This is normal and occurs naturally in the wild, it allows light to reach the lower parts of the plant.
To encourage even growth, we recommend rotating your plant monthly, so all parts of the plant receive light.
Dust those big paddle shaped leaves. The plant will be happiest being able to absorb as much light as possible.
This plant is considered toxic if ingested, so it’s best to keep it away from small children or curious pets.
Don’t overwater your plant or let it sit in water. Always check the bottom of the ceramic and pour any excess water away. Brown spots can be a sign of over watering, whereas dry, brown leaf edges can be a sign of under-watering.
Avoid dark corners or too much shade, as this will slow down growth. It’s also best to avoid placing your plant in a draught or near a radiator, as this could dry out the leaves prematurely.
Unlike the Bird of Paradise cut flowers, it’s quite unusual for the plant to produce flowers out of its natural habitat, as this plant needs at least 6 hours of sunlight a day to bloom.