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Pot size: 27cm x Plant height: 135cm
Fits a pot with a 29cm - 34cm diameter.
*Pot in image not included in price.
Strelitzia nicolai, most commonly known as the Giant White Bird of Paradise due to their white, bird-like flowers, are a moderately easy plant to care for.
Light: Bright but indirect
They prefer bright but indirect light, but can tolerate a couple of hours of early morning or late afternoon sunlight hitting the leaves directly. A spot a few metres away from a bright window is preferable.
In the Spring and Summer keep the soil moist, only letting the top couple of inches of soil dry out between waterings. In the autumn you can leave the soil to dry out a little longer, and by the end of November (in Britain) the soil should be almost fully dry before you water again. The easiest way to check the moisture levels is by sticking your finger into the soil to the required depth, or by checking the soil through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. You will soon become accustomed to how often you should be watering your plant, so vigorous soil checking should no longer be a necessity.
Strelitzia nicolai are tropical plants and therefore enjoy high levels of humidity, although they can usually cope with average household humidity levels. During the winter months when central heating (a known air dryer) might be used, it may be worth increasing the moisture levels around the plant by spraying with a water misting bottle or placing a dish filled with stones and water beneath the plant.
There is no need to prune your Strelitzia but you can remove any tatty leaves during the Spring and Summer months by cutting them off where the leaf meets the main stem. This should encourage new growth too!
Strelitzias wont always flower as an indoor plant, and are not shipped whilst in flower unless pictured otherwise. To encourage the plant to flower, make sure to meet its home environment needs and feed during spring and summer (April-September in Britain) with a houseplant fertiliser. If your Strelitzia still doesn't flower, enjoy it for its architectural shape and impressive banana shaped leaves.