The Strelitzia is also known as the Bird of Paradise plant. A nickname that does justice to its special look. In addition to beautifully ornate leaves, these plants might grow a very special flower. This flower looks a lot like the colourful bird of paradise. In this blog we’ll tell you all there is to know about the Strelitzia: origins, plant care and other info!
The Strelitzia’s potting soil should nearly always be slightly moist. The best way of keeping the soil slightly moist, is by regularly giving the plant small amounts of water. Make sure you never give much water at once to prevent the Bird of Paradise plant from getting wet roots (which can cause the roots to rot). If you spot brown spots on the leaves, you have probably overwatered the plant a bit. Let the potting soil dry a little before you water it again, and give a little less than the previous time.
How often your Strelitzia needs watering depends on its size, its location and on the season. When exposed to more light and/or heat, plant will need more water. And of course a large plant generally drinks more than a small plant. During wintertime you can let the soil dry up a bit before watering again.
You do not necessarily have to spray the leaves with a water spray, but we do recommend it! This will prevent the leaves from getting dusty and reduces the risk of plant pests.
The best spot for the Strelitzia
The Bird of Paradise plant has South African roots, and therefore naturally prefers a light spot. The plant is grown under sunlight, and therefore does not have to get used to a sunny spot at your home. Do make sure to keep an eye on it during hot summer days: the afternoon sun might be too much on its leaves. Do you prefer to place the plant in a slightly less light spot? A little shade is no problem, as long as the plant receives at least 4 hours of sunlight per day.
The Strelitzia does not need to be repotted very frequently. So you will be able to enjoy our included pot for quite a long time. When the plant is growing out of the pot, you will need to repot it. Make sure to choose a pot that is at least 20% larger than the current pot.
Can my Bird of Paradise plant flower?
The chances of a Strelitzia growing flowers as a houseplant are, unfortunately, very small. It could only happen after the plant is 8 years old, during the fall. Now you may think: don’t plants always flower during spring or summer? That’s correct! However, since the Strelitzia’s flower is so large, it needs more time to develop than most flowers. There’s one way that might help the plant flower indoors: by not repotting the plant unneccesarily. The plant’s roots need to be tight in the pot in order for it have a chance at flowering.
The outer leaves and edges can turn brown over time. This is a natural process, which unfortunately cannot be prevented. You can remove brown edges by cutting them off. You can also remove the entire leaf by cutting the leaf stem 2 cm above the core. Never cut the leaf off completely. After cutting, the plant is more sensitive to infections. If you cut the leaf at the core, the entire plant can die from an infection. But if you cut the leaf 2 cm above it, only this small part can become contaminated. The plant will then repel this part, so there is no risk of further infection.
Strelitzia Nicolai XXL: this large plant will need care as frequently as your average cactus!
Caring for the large Stelitzia Nicolai is much easier than you might think! The houseplant is potted with a so-called semi hydroponics; the soil contains clay granules that absorb water, providing the plant with a continuous water level. This water level also increases humidity levels in the vicinity of the Strelitzia, making the air more pleasant for it. Our XXL plants also come with a water meter which will show exactly when they need watering, and just how much you should give. Easy does it!
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