The Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai) is a distinctive evergreen plant with a fan-like clump of broad, waxy leaves. The name derived from its spiky white and blue flowers, which resemble exotic birds perched on the end of the long flower stalks. This hardy plant makes a dramatic statement adding a distinctive tropical flair to any space.
Here’s how to care for your Bird of Paradise.
The Bird of Paradise grows best in a warm, sunny position which helps it produce its beautiful blooms. It can tolerate bright light indoors with some direct sunlight.
Keep the soil evenly moist, but not soggy, in spring and summer. Water the soil thoroughly and wait for the water to drain through, then empty any excess water sitting in the saucer. Reduce watering in the cooler months by allowing the top 3-5cm of soil to dry out before watering again.
Tip: the top of the soil may look dry but it can be wet beneath, so before watering your plant, dip your finger into the soil to feel the level of moisture. If it feels soggy, wait for another day or two.
Temperature & Humidity
The Bird of Paradise prefers average to warm temperatures and high humidity. If growing indoors, give your plant a good misting to increase humidity.
Keep your plant away from drafts of hot and cold air which can harm it.
Fertilise your Bird of Paradise once a month during spring and summer with a liquid fertiliser.