Why we love it
The Strelitzia, more commonly known as the Bird of paradise plant, is the spectacular and unrivalled Queen of houseplants. It’s relatively easy to care for and will add a tropical twist to any space.
Only mature Strelitzia can flower, and this could take several years - it’s been known to take up to seven, in fact - but it’s broad, shiny, arching leaves really have the WOW factor and resemble those of a banana plant so, even flower-less, this is definitely a must-have.
Where’s it from?
Streliztia’s origins are in South Africa but it has strong ties to the UK. Strelitzia reginae, to give it it’s Sunday name, means “of the queen” and commemorates Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III. (We weren’t kidding when we said it was the Queen of houseplants.)
Your new plant needs a sunny spot in your home, garden, or on the patio. A south facing garden or windowsill would be ideal. Strelitzia also likes it humid so consider a bathroom or kitchen.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that is tropical plant enjoys bright sunlight. Place your Strelitzia somewhere it’ll be able to catch the rays for most of the day.
Hot. Hot. Hot. Anything above 18 degrees Celsius is good for this plant.
During warmer weather ensure soil is kept moist but not soggy. In the cooler months, allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Your Strelitzia also enjoys some humidity so mist regularly.
Toxic to pets
Strelitzia is toxic to pets and should be kept out the way of furry friends.
Annual or perennial?
A beautiful evergreen perennial. It’s important to remember though that Strelitzia is slow growing and only mature plants are able to flower. This could take a couple of growing seasons (at least). However, once it does flower blooms are quite long lasting.
Did you know?
Bird of paradise plants are particularly good house plants for hay fever sufferers as they produce no airborne pollen, even when they’re in full bloom. Ideal.
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