Strelitzia Nicolai 50lt
Common Name: Natal Wild Banana, Giant Bird Of Paradise, Wild Banana Tree
Strelitzia nicolai, commonly known as the White Bird of Paradise or Giant Bird of Paradise, is a striking tropical plant native to South Africa. It is a member of the Strelitziaceae family and is closely related to the more commonly seen Strelitzia reginae, known as the Orange Bird of Paradise.
Appearance: Strelitzia nicolai is known for its large, banana-like leaves and impressive size. The leaves are paddle-shaped, leathery, and typically grow in a fan-like arrangement. They are deep green in colour and have prominent veins. The plant can reach heights of up to 20 feet (6 meters) or more, making it a majestic presence in gardens or landscapes.
Flowers: While Strelitzia nicolai produces flowers, they are less commonly seen than those of Strelitzia reginae. The flowers of Strelitzia nicolai are white and similar in structure to those of Strelitzia reginae, consisting of an outer sheath called the spathe and an inner structure called the spadix. The flowers emerge from a long, erect stalk that extends above the foliage.
Growth Habit: Strelitzia nicolai grows in a clumping habit, with multiple stems emerging from the base. It forms dense clusters of foliage, creating a dramatic and tropical appearance. The plant can spread moderately wide, so it requires ample space to grow and develop.
Lighting Requirements: Strelitzia nicolai thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers bright, indirect light and can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the morning or evening. In areas with intense afternoon sun, it is beneficial to provide some protection or shade during the hottest parts of the day.
Temperature and Hardiness: Strelitzia nicolai is a tropical plant and is typically grown in warm climates. It is more cold-sensitive compared to Strelitzia reginae and prefers temperatures above 10°C. In colder regions, it is often grown as a houseplant or in containers that can be moved indoors during the winter.
Watering: Provide regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out slightly between waterings. During the winter months, reduce watering frequency as the plant enters a period of slower growth.
Soil and Fertiliser: Strelitzia nicolai prefers well-draining soil that retains some moisture. A mixture of loam, peat moss, and sand or perlite can provide suitable conditions. Fertilise the plant during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser or a liquid fertiliser diluted according to the package instructions.
Pruning and Maintenance: Prune Strelitzia nicolai to remove any dead or damaged leaves and to control its size and shape. Remove spent flowers to maintain tidiness. Regularly dust or wipe the leaves to keep them clean and promote healthy growth.
Strelitzia Nicolai 50lt