Strelitzia Nicolai is the name of this intricate-looking yet marvelous plant. It is more commonly known as the Giant Bird of Paradise. Others would call it the giant white, while some would call it the wild banana, which is not wrong given that it is a species of banana-like plants.
The Giant Bird of Paradise can stand anywhere from three to eight feet tall by human standards. It is one of the highest-ranking favorites among houseplants because of its remarkably large-sized foliage. It has amazing shiny leaves that will leave anyone speechless. The leaves are also wide and soothing to touch, though it may not be advisable to touch the plant too often. It is quite an investment on your end to grow a plant like this, but it’s going to be definitely worth it.

Likes and Dislikes

It is important to consider the likes and dislikes of the Giant Bird of Paradise. First, choose a location for this plant that is away from air vents and drafts. It prefers heat, and it will not grow healthy without adequate sunlight, especially in the long term. They will surely thrive when they are in a climate similar to their home, Southern Africa.
However, they can still survive and tolerate medium light conditions, but it’s still better to provide them with the right amount of sunlight. There is also artificial light, which works, to a degree, and can be found online. This way, you provide enough lighting, whether the plant is inside the home or an office.

Watering Tactics

Always make sure to water The Giant Bird of Paradise properly. Before giving it a drink, make sure to check the moisture level of the soil so that you’d be aware of what’s beneath the surface. This kind of plant enjoys a medium amount of water and you must let the soil dry a little bit in between watering. The solid of the Giant Bird of Paradise must be moist but not soggy; and yes, there is a huge difference between the two words.
You can also make investments in tools and other things to nurture the plant, such as an air humidifier, pebble tray, and a mister. Always keep in mind that every plant is unique. You might have experience with other plants before but thorough research is a must for each and every brand new plant you decide to grow. Sometimes, even if you are growing the same plant, you still have to review everything in case you might have missed important details.
It is also important to have a nice bond and a healthy relationship with your plant. Never pour out a bad day to your plants by not watering them, neglecting them, or allowing them to be as miserable as you are for the whole day. A day of neglect can affect their existence so much.

Don’t Panic

If you ever notice that the leaves of your plant are starting to fall out or split, these are completely natural. There is nothing to be upset or worry about. As the years go by, older leaves develop more splits. This can actually be pruned when the leaves reach this stage. If there is a spear-like bud that is emerging from your plant, well then, congratulations, it’s a new leaf!

It’s Not All About The Flowers

The Giant Bird of Paradise will actually flower, but sadly, this only happens in their natural habitat. When this plant is grown indoors, even with all the investments, it never flowers. Plants can still look great even without flowers. In this case, the leaves are its greatest asset anyway, even when there are flowers.
On a more positive note, let us move on to the pots. You can choose a nice pot for your plant instead to make it look even more beautiful. A lot of pots are sold online, and you can even recycle one. It is not just about the appearance anyways, since it is also about finding the right pot. Make sure to choose pots that are spacious inside since the Giant Bird of Paradise grows roots fast. It is also recommended to include a plant saucer as well.
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