Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)
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- Regular watering He likes his soil moist, particularly in the warm months. Give him a drink whenever his top two inches of soil are dry.
- Bright light He loves the sun. Loves it. Put him somewhere that will get him as much light as possible. He’s not made for shade.
- Humidity He really enjoys a moist environment, so mist him regularly to keep his leaves in tip-top condition.
- He’ll enjoy some time outdoors at the height of summer, but introduce him to the outside gradually, so he can adjust to the stronger sun.
- height 60cm pot 14cm
This tree gets its nickname 'white bird of paradise', because of the enormous, exotic flowers that bloom on very mature plants in the wild. It’s rare for plants to flower indoors, but it is possible. In the wild, this plant grows on hot, coastal parts of Africa and Mexico. It likes to bask in full sun, so when growing it at home keep it somewhere that enjoys lots of natural light and doesn’t get too cold. It’s a fast grower, so may need repotting about every three years. It will also benefit from a feed with a liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer. It's a big plant that needs food to grow.