Bird of Paradise (Nicolai) - 40cm Pot
NOTE: There might be some splitting leaves on the plants which are totally normal and natural.
Plant size: 40cm Pot - 2.6mH - 2.7mH
A tall and ornamental palm-like plant producing large broad leaves to over 1m long. During spring and summer it bears unusual beak-like blue and white flowers with purple bracts. They’ve more to offer than just looks though. Native to South Africa, Strelitzias are tough plants. They’ll withstand drought, salty coastal conditions, light frost and general neglect. They’re perfect for beginners as they don’t ask very much once established, and are fantastic at bouncing back from just about any gardening mishap.
Prefers a sunny to partly shaded position in well drained soil. Keep moist in dry weather.
Although classed as tropical, it can be growth anywhere in Australia, even during winter with temperature dropping below zero with ample frost.
They can cope with either very little water or lots – provided that the water is running through the soil away from the plant. If they are left to sit in boggy soil, the fleshy roots will slowly rot, killing your plant.
Fertilise your Strelitzia in spring and autumn with a general purpose fertiliser like Ferticote.
Those gorgeous flowers will appear in spring, summer and if you’re lucky winter too, so either cut them to enjoy inside in a vase or trim them off when the flower has finished to help the plant conserve energy. Leaving finished flowers on the plant will discourage it from producing more.
The strelitzia type of bird of paradise is toxic to dogs, cats and horses. Flower seeds contain toxic tannins and the leaves can contain hydrocyanic acid
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