What your Strelitzia needs to thrive

Varieties:
Giant White Bird of Paradise
Strelitzia nicolai
Strelitzia nicolai
Strelitzia nicolai
Strelitzia reginae 'Bird Of Paradise'

What The Plant Needs

Welcome Home

When your Strelitzia arrives home, be patient and give it time to acclimatise to its new surroundings.

Give it gentle attention; find a well-lit spot, mist the leaves, and water if the soil feels dry. After a week or so, your Strelitzia will start to feel at home and start to glow.

Position

Your Strelitzia will thrive in a bright position that gets plenty of morning or late-afternoon sunlight.

It's a good idea to place your Strelitzia in a spot where it gets consistent light and warmth - like most houseplants, they will appreciate things staying the same and routine.

Keep them out of the midday sun, as this can scorch the leaves. Your Strelitzia will prefer temperatures above 8°C.

In winter don't be tempted to move your Strelitzia closer to a radiator. Keep your Strelitzia away from radiators and cold draughts as they cause stress to houseplants.

In the summer months when it's hot, keep a close eye on your Strelitzia. Wilting could mean they need more water, brown leaf edges could mean it's getting too much sun.

Watering

Strelitzias can be thirsty plants, especially in summer.

Check the top 5cm soil with your finger - if it comes out dry, it's time to give it a good soak.

Don't leave Strelitzia standing in water, so make sure the water can drain away.

A Strelitzia is suited to regular home conditions, so you don't need to worry too much about humidity levels (but it will benefit from the occasional misting).

Feeding

Strelitzia will benefit from being fed with a general houseplant fertiliser, as these tend to be nitrogen-rich and will keep the leaves green and lush.

Feed every 2 weeks in spring, summer and autumn when the Strelitzia is in its growth phase.

In winter, these plants will go dormant and won't grow, so there's no need to feed.

Diseases & Pests

Houseplant pests are a common cause of plant issues, particularly in the warmer months.

The good news is a Strelitzia doesn't usually suffer from serious problems.

It's a good idea to check the leaves every now and again to be on the look out for small insects - like mealy bug - on your Strelitzia.

Yellowing or browning leaves can sometimes be signs of pests, disease, nutrient issues, or watering issues.

When in doubt, contact us at Sproutl with a photograph of the problem so we can help you.

Maintenance

To keep your Strelitzia looking it's very best, you can snip off any browning leaves.

Cut the leaves as close to the stem of the plant as possible, and use clean, sharp tools to avoid the spread of disease.

The Strelitzia will like its roots to have space, so if the roots are very compact within the pot it probably needs repotting (ideally in spring).

Choose a pot that's slightly larger than its current home, with drainage holes so that water can drain easily.

If you're re-potting directly into a decorative pot which has a drainage hole, don't forget a saucer, or simply use a nursery pot which then is placed inside the decorative pot or basket which can be easily emptied of excess water.

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