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Strelitzia nicolai, commonly known as the giant white bird of paradise or wild banana, is a species of banana-like plants with erect woody stems reaching a height of 6m and the clumps formed can spread as far as 3.5m.
Despite the name this is not a banana tree. It gets its popular name because its leaves look very similar to those of a banana tree, not because it bears any yellow fruit.
The 1.8m long leaves are grey-green and arranged like a fan at the top of the stems.
The Strelitzia nicolai is originally from South Africa but in the meantime the plant has spread to almost all tropical and subtropical regions.
This structural evergreen is primarily grown for its handsome foliage, which becomes shredded as it ages. The white bird of paradise nickname is, because of the enormous, exotic flowers that bloom on very mature plants in the wild. It’s rare for plants to flower indoors but it is possible. Given time and the right conditions however, it may occasionally produce a blue and white flowerhead too. In it’s native environment this plant can grow to a great height but when confined to a pot and kept as an indoor plant, it will be a much more modest, but no less decorative specimen.
During the growing season give them a good splash of water every week, just make sure that there is no layer of water in the soil. Also regularly spray the leaves to remain beautifully green. Water sparingly in winter and top-dress each spring. As the old leaves become shredded, trim them off. The plants should be potted into a larger pot in autumn and may be left outside from May to September. In the winter give them a place where the temperature does not fall below 10 ° C and preferably in a light place. Furthermore, keep the plants fairly dry during this period.
Please note that the photo is indicative, each plant has different shape and size.
Dimensions: pot size Ø 28 cm / plant height 175 cm (approx)
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