Bird of paradise

Strelitzia nicolai

Bird of Paradise is a great indoor houseplant choice for filling a wide, tall well lit space. It has a nice symmetrical shape and large oval shaped canopy type leaves. Often referred to as Banana plant, as the leaves do have a very similar shape to those of a Banana tree but a Strelitzia is a much hardier choice to be kept as an indoor houseplant.

The Bird of Paradise got ts name from the flowers that are produced from many varieties resembling the plumage of a bird called the Bird of Paradise. Most Strelitzia kept as houseplants do not bloom, some because of the variety, and some because indoor conditions just don’t provide enough light to trigger the plant to produce a bloom, so most are kept for their lush foliage.

Strelitzia are fairly easy to keep but there are a few things to know to keep them in optimum condition.

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Updated on October 27, 2016
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Bird of Paradise is a great indoor houseplant choice for filling a wide, tall well lit space. It has a nice symmetrical shape and large oval shaped canopy type leaves. Often referred to as Banana plant, as the leaves do have a very similar shape to those of a Banana tree but a Strelitzia is a much hardier choice to be kept as an indoor houseplant.

The Bird of Paradise got ts name from the flowers that are produced from many varieties resembling the plumage of a bird called the Bird of Paradise. Most Strelitzia kept as houseplants do not bloom, some because of the variety, and some because indoor conditions just don’t provide enough light to trigger the plant to produce a bloom, so most are kept for their lush foliage.

Strelitzia are fairly easy to keep but there are a few things to know to keep them in optimum condition.

Environment

Indoors these plants are going to perform best in moderate to high interior lighting conditions, where at least some natural light is available. Diffused natural sunlight is best.

In too low of a light it will have difficulty processing its water it will become leggy and its color may turn pale.

Strelitzia can tolerate high direct light but be very careful that the leaves do not touch a hot window or they will easily burn. In very high light Strelitzia will become a vigourous drinker so attention must be paid to make sure that it is well watered on a regular basis. This additional light may also increase the growth of Strelitzia so fertilizing a couple times a year in recommended doses would be well advised in for a Bird of Paradise in such and enviroment.

The Bird of Paradise have deep, well established root systems that fill their pots. A good thorough watering until water passes out the bottom of the pot is best, followed by a drying period in between. A Bird of Paradise does not like to stay moist for extended amounts of time so be careful that it does not get watered too frequently or the unsightly brown crunchy leaf ends will develop on the leaves of your Strelitzia. A Bird of Paradise will do best if it is allowed to have the fluctuation between deep thorough watering and thorough drying.

If a bird has been under watered or has been dry for too long its will produce solid yellow leaves usually starting on the leaves furthest from the center.

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