How to Care for the Strelitzia Nicolai - White Bird of Paradise
The Strelitzia Nicolai has many different names such as Wild Banana, Crane Plant, Strelitzia and White Birds of Paradise. Whatever you want to call this amazing Strelitzia, it is sure to bring the jungle to your home! With its glossy, verdant large leaves stretching upwards, this White Bird of Paradise really brings the tropical rainforest to your living rooms. The Bird of Paradise lush looks and fresh feel make you think of hot, humid days and nights in exotic locations.
The Strelitzia Nicolai stems can reach amazing heights of around 20 feet tall! Although this is amazing to imagine, it is unlikely that a Bird of Paradise will reach these heights indoors or in a human space, however, they can still reach pretty tall. Anywhere between 3 and 8 feet seems more accurate. The amazing White Bird of Paradise is ranking as one of the most popular houseplants on the market as they look super trendy, amazing inspiration ideas on socials like TikTok, making it a favourite for houseplants lovers or those trying to get into the indoor plant game.
Where to Place a Bird of Paradise
It can be extremely exciting when getting a new houseplant especially a beautiful Strelitzia Nicolai with beautiful foliage. However, to keep these White Bird of Paradise looking at their best, positioning your indoor plant is super important to make them a Happy Houseplant! Strelitzia Nicolai will prefer bright, direct sunlight as they are native to Southern Africa where there is little shade. We strongly suggest putting your Strelitzia within 2 feet of a window in your living room area. Make sure the window you place it next to will give your indoor plant at least 6 hours of full sun everyday so it can thrive. A south-facing window is most appropriate. Like all plants, ensure your Bird of Paradise is not air vents and draughts as they can alter temperatures around the Strelitzia.
Watering a White Bird of Paradise
Like most houseplants, the key to success is identifying the moisture levels of the soil prior to watering. When starting your houseplant journey, it is good to have a routine, however, do not rely on this routine as there are numerous factors in our homes that determine how often our Strelitzia Nicolai will need watering. The Bird of Paradise tends to like the soak and dry method of watering. This means allow the soil to become almost completely dry in between watering then, thoroughly water your plant until the excess water begins to drip out of the drainage holes. If you are not already, ensure that your pot does have drainage holes, so water does not puddle at the bottom and cause root rot.
Humidity for Strelitzia Nicolai
Strelitzias are native to South Africa. In this location, there tends to be relatively high humidity. Thus, ensuring we supply enough humidity to our Strelitzia Nicolai is just as important as placing them to receive enough light. Mist the Strelitzia leaves every other day, group other houseplants close by or use a humidifier to increase the humidity in the room. This is the most effective way as you can control the exact humidity levels in the room. The recommended humidity needs to be around 60%, quite high! Brown, crispy edges ay be a sign that your Bird of Paradise needs more humidity, often misjudges as underwatered, so try increasing humidity before increasing the watering frequency.
Soil for Bird of Paradise
The Strelitzia Nicolai has large roots that need to be catered to with a good, premium soil mix. This can contain coconut coir, vermiculite, pumice, perlite and activated charcoal. These ingredients are chosen due to their abilities to promote drainage, so your houseplant does not sit in water leading to problems down the line. Crane plants also like feeding which we will get into a bit later but, adding some worm castings into the soil mix will act as a natural fertiliser which will slowly be broken down by your Strelitzia roots.
Best Temperature for Strelitzia Nicolai
We have identified that Bird of Paradise are native to southern Africa. This means that our beloved houseplants enjoy warmer temperatures of around 18-27°C which is about 60-80°F. It is highly advised to place your Anthurium away from heating sources such as radiators, draughts, or air conditioning units. As mentioned before, it is best to find a spot where there will be full sun of at least 6 hours a day, with nothing to vary the temperature.
Fertilising Your White Bird of Paradise
We all love the amazing blooms that these gorgeous houseplants can grow, making our living spaces turn into something both tropical and colourful. Fertilising these plants can help us encourage growth of these spathes and attractive colours. Like most houseplants, it is key to fertilise during their growing season as they utilise the nutrients in the fertiliser when growing. Their growing season like most plants is during spring and summer.
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