White Bird of Paradise
$79.00 – $229.00
Adored by interior design professionals for its dramatic, long, arching leaves, the Strelitzia nicolai can really make a tropical statement even if you’re socked in for a long winter. Better yet, break it out on the porch or patio during the summertime and let the sun shine on it. Regardless of the growing season, you’ll need a lot of sunlight to keep the White Bird of Paradise growing. In the South, it’s grown outdoors and produces funky-looking inflorescence that look like a bird’s head, giving it its name; but it won’t bloom inside (it could, under extraordinary conditions), so you can enjoy this one for its leaves. For an even more dramatic presentation, throw some light on it and let its silhouette do some work too.
|Difficulty||Easy Care Level|
|Light||Bright Indirect Light|
|Pet Friendly||This plant may be toxic to pets|
The White Bird of Paradise is sure to bring out your tropical nature. Here are some helpful hints to keep it growing:
With the high-light requirement, this plant is a moderately heavy drinker. Thoroughly wet the soil with each watering and let it dry down to moist before watering again. Sub-irrigation can be very helpful in reducing the frequency of watering. Please see our watering guide for more details.
This bird of paradise needs lots of light, so plan on positioning it near an east-, south, or west-facing window and get some sun on its leaves. You might be able to move it to low/medium light for special occasions, but if you want it to last you’ll need to park it a very bright spot.
Like other plants shipped fresh from Florida, you won’t need to feed this palm for at least 6 months after you get it. That’s because there is residual nutrients in the soil from when the palm was being propagated. After 6 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants.
With the White Bird, you get lots of plant with fewer leaves; so cleaning it is pretty easy. Just use a damp cloth soaked in water and a light soap solution and wipe down the tops and undersides of the leaves.
Older leaves can turn brown (especially if you let it dry out) and you can just prune them off at the base of the stem. Do the same if it’s actively growing and a few leaves decide to go where you don’t want them to.
This is another “mealy and mite” plant. Watch for the little white cottony mealybugs at the base of the leaves, on the stems, and the undersides of the leaves by the leaf margin; mites will hide on the bottom side of the leaves and produce webs. Be extra vigilant when scouting for mites, as they can do irreparable harm quickly often mistaken for dust on the underside of the leaves. If you see either of these, break out the spray bottle with a light soap solution, spray and wipe them daily ’til they’re gone.
Keep an eye out for the bugs mentioned above, and you’ll enjoy bringing this tropical gem inside.