Plant Height: 160cm
Best in bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight may scorch the leaves and damage the flowers, however some early morning or late afternoon sun is OK. Can tolerate partial shade for short periods.
Keep the soil moist (not soggy) during warmer months and water when the top 4-5cm of the soil has become slightly dry. During the colder months, allow the soil to dry-out a little more. Do not allow to stand in water.
The Giant White Bird of Paradise prefers warm temperatures from 21-28°C but can cope with temperatures as low as 13°C.
Will do best with increased humidity but can usually cope in normal household conditions. Increase the surrounding humidity in the winter to combat dry air from central heating.
Apply a balanced fertiliser to your Strelizia nicolai every few weeks during the growing season.
Height & Growth Rate
The Giant White Bird of Paradise is fast-growing in warm conditions, typically reaching an ultimate height of around 5 to 6 metres outdoors, while indoors it is likely to stop at 3 metres.
Strelitzia are toxic to animals. There is less definitive information regarding the nicolai, with some sources listing this as non-toxic. In the event of uncertainty, we would recommend you consider this plant as toxic to animals.
Not specifically known for its air purifying properties, however most broad leafed plants will filter airborne toxins to some degree.
Strelitzia nicolai 'Bird of Paradise' originates from Southern Africa.