How to Grow and Care For Strelitzia Nicolai

Last Updated on November 16, 2022 by Stephanie

Gardeners and florists are enthralled by a variety of flowers. But, Strelitzias are a very popular choice among them all.

Do you realize that out of all the Strelitzia species that the Strelitzia Nicolai, also known as the huge white birds of paradise is the one that is the fastest growing?

The majority of plant lovers have at the very least one Strelitzia one, and those who do not have one must purchase an as quickly as they can.

Its not just easy to maintain, but it also provides a unique look to your garden or home which makes it an essential item.

It is believed that Strelitzia Nicolai is native to the southwestern and southeastern regions of Africa.

It is a flowering plant and it is known as Bird of Paradise and provides a decorative accent to your house.

The form of the flowers in this plant remind to me of birds with a unique appearance if you give some thought into the design.

The genus is named after Charlotte de Mecklembourg-Strelitz, an English queen of German ancestry who was an avid botanist.

Strelitzia Nicolai is among the most durable of the Strelitzia Genus with regards to size. If you dont have one in your home Its not a issue.

Strelitzias are simple to take care of, needing just a little care to ensure they are healthy and content during their growth period.

Caring for Strelitzia Nicolai or White Bird of Paradise


It is essential to have indirect lighting with high intensity and low intensity direct lighting.

It is a fan of the outdoors however, you can also remain indoors provided you have plenty of sunlight.

The plant requires at least three to four hours of intense sun every day. It must be protected from suns brutal midday sun.

If the Strelitzia is not receiving the sunlight it needs to thrive, we wont be able to appreciate the most unique feature of the plant the flowers. This is crucial!

Strelitzia Nicolai White Bird of Paradise Flowers


How often have you failed the need to water your plant? Dont be worried.

In spite of the absence of the water source, Strelitzia Nicolai thrives in its natural habitat.

Of course, well need to be extra cautious during the summer months to avoid the substrate from drying out.

With a consistent humidity of 60-70 percent and a temperature of 60-70 degrees, it is the ideal. The general rule is that Ive created the following irrigation strategy:

  • The spring and fall twice a week.
  • Summer irrigation 3-4 irrigations each week, based on the temperature, with a volume of 1/3 or 1/4 of the total volume of the pot or container.
  • In winter, you can water your garden every week. It will be much easier to spread the watering schedule when your Strelitzia Nicolai is independent in winter.

Quantitatively, its normal to apply up to 15 or 20 liters for a mature plant and 5 to 10 L for irrigation in the young plants.

We will offer two irrigations per week in the summer, and another in winter.

Before you water the soil, you can use your fingers or a moisture gauge to assess the condition of the soil. Theres nothing else you need when the soil is damp and cool.


It is recommended to maintain the ideal humidity of 70% since below that, the leaves tend to be affected and chlorosis develops at the edges.

It is well-suited to wind It can also grow in coastal regions in areas with more humidity, which is beneficial to the crop.


Strelitzia Nicolai is a native of the African continent, and therefore thrives in humid and hot conditions.

It has a temperatures range (10-25degC) (50-77degF) which is the perfect temperature to amaze you with its stunning flowers.

It is recommended to keep it at a temperature that is below 10 degrees Celsius to prevent it from dying. If you live in a region that is frost-prone and you want to take it back home.


To begin well take a look at the most attractive aspect of the plant: its blooms.

In the spring, theyll begin to appear, and will remain until the autumn.

Three layers are attached in this flower. The initial layer being purple, the second layer being orange , and the third layer being yellow.

The flower may bloom multiple times throughout the year, especially in warmer climates.

Fertilizer Will Give a Growth Boost

To boost growth, you can use Organic liquid fertilizers.

Consider composting, castings of worms, or manure from herbivores in the fall and spring to watch your Strelitzia Nicolais growth slow!

The soil must be well aerated

A mix of perlite and universal substrate is ideal to plant Strelitzia Nicholai. Perlite aids in soil Aeration.

If it is planted in the garden, it will require well-drained soil, a good drainage and a perlite-based growing medium as well as a hole of 50x50cm.

Choose the Right Size Pot

While the strelitzia Nikolai is an deep root system, the idea of planting it in a pot is feasible. It is therefore necessary to transplant it every year, at a minimum.

It is essential to make sure that the plant is placed in the proper size pot to allow it to develop properly.

However when the temperature is suitable it is possible to place it in both outdoor and indoor locations.

Pruning And Maintenance

In its current state the case, Strelitzia Nicolai doesnt require any pruning. The only thing that needs to be maintained is to remove dried flowers.

They can be removed by cutting them off with sharp scissors. Take away damaged or affected leaves to stop the spread of the disease.

White Bird of Paradise Common Problems And Solutions

Root Rot Due to Overwatering

The plant is characterized by a poor look, low growth, as the outside leaves begin to turn yellow before wilting and then the leaves that are inside.

The collar of the plant becomes blackened when the first signs appear. The plants roots appear black and soft when taken out of the plant pot.

All of these are typical signs of basal and root rot, that can be caused by the fungus Phytophthora Spp. and is mostly caused by excessive watering.

Treatment Removal of the plant from the pot, and dispose of the damaged parts first. Then the powder of a broad-spectrum fungicide is recommended for the parts that have been cut.

After that, thoroughly dry the soil and re-pot the plant and then wait for at least one week before watering to allow the cuts to heal. The amount of watering you give your plants should be more controlled in the near future.

Spots on Strelitzia Nicolai

The brown spots that are slightly compressed and irregularly shaped are visible on inflorescences right from the spathe while a sticky substance develops as a result.

If you see these symptoms then you may have fusarium that is the result of a fungus known as Fusarium species.

Treatment In addition to the reduction of humidity in the environment that allows the fungus to grow and spread, the battle against this fungus relies upon the application of certain fungicides.

leaves with necrotic spots and an appearance of gray and moldy. The presence of gray mold Botrytis spp, is typically related to these symptoms.

Solution: Remove the affected areas as soon as you can as you can and then apply a fungicide on the birds flower.

Botrytis treatments are mostly preventative since this fungus is attracted by humidity levels that are high and excessive watering.

Leaves Turning Yellow or Yellow Spots

As soon as you notice these symptoms, the leaves begin to curl upwards, acquire an appearance of dust, and then disappear. Close inspection will reveal tiny spider webs, especially on the undersides of leaves.

If we experience these signs it is likely that we are experiencing an spider mite population which is a very irritating and dangerous mite.

Treatment The best treatment is to increase your frequency for misting (lack of humidity encourages the development of spider mites) and, ultimately only in the event of severe infestations, employ specific chemical treatments.

If your bird-flowering plant isnt very big, you could clean the leaves using an aqueous, soapy cotton swab in order to eliminate the parasite. The plant must then be thoroughly rinsed to get rid of any soap remaining.

Strelitzia Nicolai Not Flowering

It is not uncommon for something to not appear in the exact moment that the blossoms from the plant called bird of paradise are expected to be released.

Then we will determine if we have made a mistake in the dosage of water or the contribution of nutrient.

While these two elements could reduce or stop flowering, the reason is usually a deficiency of sunlight. The plant is very demanding in conditions of high light and should not be denied at all costs.

Tips For Strelitzia Nicolai Plant Propagation

If you are looking to purchase the bird of paradise plant is recommended to buy seedlings or cuttings that are already growing because seeds require a lengthy time to develop and then produce flowers.

After youve modified it to your garden or home Youll surely be inspired to recreate it as an present.

The Strelitzia Nicolai you have is able to reproduce sexually as well as sexually.

This can be achieved through using seeds, or divisions of offspring or shoots that are that are derived out of the parent plant.

Explants, which are tiny pieces of tissue, could be utilized to increase the number of cells. However, division is the most simple and fastest method.

By Division Of The Plant

To separate the plant take it out of the pot, taking care not to harm the roots. You can help yourself employing a spatula.

Separate the plant using the help of your fingers, and pay particular focus on the area that naturally splits.

Find the buds that grow along the sides of the main stem of the trunk to determine its location.

After that, you need to untangle the roots. Be careful not to hurt them in the process.

Cut them using a knife, but dont separate them with the stems.

Since the offshoots of plants tend to develop independently from the mother, this isnt difficult.

Additional Advice For Your Strelitzia Nicolai

Its extremely wind-proof. However, lets face it that every storm can cause damages of some sort. If you choose to put your Strelitzia Nicolai outdoors, you should be aware of powerful winds and place it in a covered area so that there is nothing that could harm it.

Do you remember how much it loves humidity? To retain the moisture in, steam it often and set it on a platter with the edges of the river and water.

Make sure to wash the leaves of dust and take out any dead flowers to allow them to flourish.

If youre not certain which time to transplant it, its roots can serve as an indication. Youll be able to notice them peeking out across the surface or through drain holes. If youre interested in learning about how to get here.

Attention: Since the Strelitzia Nicolai doesnt like pets or children so you must be on guard to prevent any unwelcome disputes.



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