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Grow & Care for the White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai) | Easy Guide

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How to Grow and Care for the Stunning White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)


The white bird of paradise, also known as Strelitzia nicolai, is a stunning indoor plant that brings a touch of the jungle into your home. Here’s a guide to help you grow and care for this beautiful plant.

Growing Conditions

  • Sunlight: Strelitzia nicolai loves bright, indirect sunlight. Place it near a south-facing window or in a conservatory.
  • Humidity: Aim for high humidity levels by misting your plant regularly or placing it on a tray of pebbles and water.
  • Temperature: Ideal temperatures range from 65-80°F (18-27°C) in summer and 50-60°F (10-15°C) in winter.


  • Use well-drained, peat-free potting mix.


  • Watering: Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
  • Fertilizing: Feed your plant monthly during spring and summer with a diluted liquid fertilizer.
  • Pruning: Remove dead or dying leaves as needed.
  • Repotting: Repot only when roots appear at the top of the soil. Use a slightly larger pot with fresh potting mix.


  • White bird of paradise propagates easily by developing shoots at the base of the plant.
  • Remove a shoot with at least three leaves and plant it in its own pot of well-draining compost.

Pests and Diseases

  • This plant is generally pest-free, but keep an eye out for aphids, red spider mites, and mealybugs.
  • Brown, crispy leaves may indicate low humidity levels.

Buying Tips

  • Bird of paradise plants can be expensive. Make sure you have the right growing conditions before purchasing.
  • Buy the largest plant you can afford if you want to see flowers.
  • Check your local garden center or buy from a specialist house plant retailer.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid placing your plant near air vents or drafts.
  • Replenish the top layer of compost every few years to keep your plant healthy.
  • Don’t overwater, as this can lead to root rot.

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