Strelitzia Nicolai


Who am I?
Hello, my name is Strelitzia Nicolai but I am also known as the bird of paradise plant or the wild banana. I owe these nicknames to the shape and color of my flowers. I am also a banana type plant with long sturdy trunks and large leaves, but my real plant family is the Strelitziaceae.

Where am I from?
Originally I am from South Africa, from the 18th century I first shipped to many other countries. I only got this name here in Europe. The wife of the English King George the 3rd, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, with a great fondness for plants gave rise to my name.

How big will I get?
I’m a real beauty, and you won’t easily overlook me! My simple stem topped with a comb of graceful orange bracts each with two or three blue royal leaves makes many a neck twist. I have a unique appearance, and there is nothing quite like me!

My woody trunks can reach a gigantic height of up to 6 meters in their natural habitat, my leaves are up to 1.8 meters in diameter and my flowers can grow up to 18cm by 45cm. However, I will not achieve these proportions in your living room, but I am a big plant!

How much do I want to drink?
In summer I am very thirsty, so give me so much water that my soil is dry again after a week. It is important to prevent my roots from standing in water, because this can cause rot in my roots. In winter I am less thirsty, but I still like to get water weekly, so reduce the amount.

I also love to get a nice spray once in a while, this helps remove the dust from my leaves so that the sunlight can better reach my leaves.


Where do I want to be and what temperatures do I like?
I love light, and preferably as much as possible! So always put me in front of a window, in winter preferably on the south! I am one of the few houseplants that is also grown by professional growers under direct sunlight. Too little sunlight makes my leaves look ugly and I don’t grow well.

Because I love the sun, I can also handle the heat well. However, I do not like the cold, so make sure that the temperature does not fall below 10 degrees.


Step 1: Place the coco tablets in the pot and pour 200 ml of water on it.

Stap 2: Plant two seeds as deep as they are large, make sure the seeds are completely covered with soil. Leave some space between the seeds so that they do not interfere with each other when germinating. You can keep the other seeds if the seeds do not germinate after the indicated period.

Stap 3: Cover the pot with cling film and put the pot in a warm, bright place.

Step 4: keep the soil moist during the germination process.

Step 5: give your plant(s) a name!

Step 6: wait, the germination of this plant takes 2 to 6 months.


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