Your tropical favourite!
The White Bird of Paradise will add a green and tropical vibe to your home. With large, vibrant green, paddle-shaped leaves this one will make a great statement plant for your living room or bedroom!
This plant's common name refers to the incredible white flowers that it can produce when grown in the wild. It's unusual that these flowers appear when grown indoors, but with the right care and some time, you may be surprised!
There may be more but only 6 recognised types of Birds of Paradise.
Key Benefits — Trap dust and feel safe!
- Leaves with a large surface area have dust trapping powers that are good for you and your environment! Studies have shown that rooms with foliage plants can have 20 % less particulate matter than areas with no plants!
- Top-heavy plants with large green foliage can trigger evolutionary responses in our brains that make us feel safe!
Plant Care Tips: White Bird of Paradise
- Place your Strelitzia nicolai in a spot with partial to full sun but avoid excessive sunlight as this can scorch its leaves. If you start noticing dark spots, it's a sign of too much sun!
- Let half of the soil dry between waterings, let the soil get moist, not soggy. Too much water can cause root rot. Yellowing leaves mean that they need more hydration.
- Mist the plant regularly to increase the humidity levels and keep its leaves clear of built-up dust.
- Ideal temperatures are between 18 and 27 ºC. Avoid cold draughts. This plant is not tolerant to frost.
- During the growing season, feed it with a general-purpose fertiliser once every two to three weeks. Do not feed it during the colder months.
- Younger plants will need to be repotted once a year, established ones only need repotting once every 3 years. Use a well-draining, slightly acidic light soil mix.
- Regular pruning is recommended. Remove yellowing, damaged or dead leaves to give room for new ones to grow.
- You can propagate your White Bird of Paradise through division. Divide your plant’s rhizome during one of your repotting sessions.
The White Bird of Paradise Story
Strelitzia nicolai is a relative of the banana tree and has been nicknamed the Wild Banana tree. This plant’s leaves resemble that of its cousin!
Where is it from?
Native to Southern Africa
Who is the White Bird of Paradise?
- White Birds of Paradise are large plants. They are one of the larger variants in the Strelitzia family.
- Because of their size, they have also been nicknamed the Giant White Bird of Paradise.
- There are other types of Strelitzia but only 6 have been recognised officially. The ‘white’ variation is one of the most popular ones.
Good For You!
Calm: Researches have proved that being around nature can alleviate the body’s response to stress and reduce feelings of depression and anxiety!
Self-compassion: As you care for your plant you learn to care more about yourself and create more nurturing relationships with others.
Is The White Bird of Paradise The Right Plant For Me?
A wonderful plant that can be kept indoors and even out in the garden, they are sure to make a statement!
Aside from incredible looks, these shrubs are also easy to care for. They are fairly forgiving plants and will show you through their leaves if something’s not right!
Just make sure you have enough space as this plant can grow to be a big one!
Toxicity: Keep away from nibbly pets and curious children.
How tall does it grow? It can reach up to 20 feet tall. Each leaf can grow up to 6 feet long and their overall spread can be up to 11 feet.