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The Strelitzia plant, also known as the bird of paradise flower, is one of the most exclusive flowering houseplants.

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The Strelitzia, also known as the bird of paradise plant, is a real luxury houseplant. The Strelitzia flower originates from South Africa and is known for its beautiful flower. The name bird of paradise plant also comes from the flower that has the shapes and colours of a bird of paradise. In addition, the Strelitzia is very popular as a houseplant. The most popular Strelitzia species is Strelitzia Nicolai. The Strelitzia Nicolai has large green leaves and often functions as a green houseplant. 

Previously, the flowers of the Strelitzia plants were the most popular, but the Strelitzia is now especially popular for its large leaves and green character. The bird of paradise plant is available both in small and large sizes. It falls into the category of large houseplants, and the Strelitzia houseplant looks stylish in all kinds of interiors. The Strelitzia is a houseplant that does require good care. Nevertheless, it is a plant that can grow very old, and as a reward for years of good care, the Strelitzia shows its beautiful bird of paradise flowers. 

Caring for a Strelitzia

What is the best way to look after a Strelitzia so that you can enjoy it for a long time? The Strelitzia needs regular maintenance. It is a plant that comes from a warm area and therefore the bird of paradise plant needs water regularly. If you master the care of the Strelitzia plant, you will be able to enjoy it for many years. Give your houseplant enough love and who knows, after a few years colourful bird of paradise flowers might appear! 

Watering a Strelitzia

If you're planning to water your Strelitzia, read the following tips carefully! The Strelitzia is a houseplant that likes sufficient care and water. The soil in which the bird of paradise plant stands should always be moist. It needs so much water that the soil will be a little dry after a week. Make sure that no layer of water remains on the soil, as this can cause root rot, which the plant does not like very much.

In spring and summer the Strelitzia needs more water. Watering it properly once a week is necessary. In winter, too, the bird of paradise plant likes to be watered once a week. Watering the Strelitzia is not necessary. However, it does ensure that the leaves stay nice and green and that dust has less chance of settling on the large leaves of the plant. 

The perfect location for a Strelitzia

The location of the Strelitzia is very important. The bird of paradise plant likes sufficient sunlight, so it prefers a light spot in the house with a few hours of full sun. The Strelitzia is also a houseplant that is grown under direct sunlight. If the bird of paradise plant receives too little sunlight, it will quickly become unsightly. The bird of paradise plant therefore likes a light place in the house, which stimulates the growth of the houseplant. For this reason, the Strelitzia is an ideal houseplant! 

Re-potting a bird of paradise plant

Are you planning to repot your Strelitzia? Read the following tips carefully so that your Bird of Paradise plant remains healthy during repotting! Re-pot your Strelitzia when it is growing beyond its capacity. The plant can grow very large, so it is wise to repot the bird of paradise plant in time into a new, larger pot. It is important that the new pot is 20% larger than the old one so that the Strelitzia has some room to grow. 

It is best to repot the Strelitzia in the spring. During this period, the bird of paradise plant has more energy and can better absorb any damage. 

Pruning a Strelitzia

If you have had your Strelitzia for a long time, you will notice that the outer leaves are turning brown. This is a natural process where the bird of paradise plant makes room for new green leaves. These brown leaves can be removed by cutting them off close to the stem. When pruning your Strelitzia, try to leave as few old leaves as possible. These bits of old leaf can cause the plant to become infected. 

Brown spots on the Strelitzia are signs that the plant is getting too much water. If you see these spots on the bird of paradise plant, give it a little less water. Brown edges can also form on the leaves of the Strelitzia. This is often the result of little light or because the leaf is standing against something. These edges can easily be pruned off the leaf. 

Feeding your Strelitzia

The Strelitzia is a plant that uses up all the nutrients in the soil within 10 weeks. The Bird of Paradise plant will be very happy if you give it some extra food after that period. It is important to know that you can only feed the Strelitzia in spring and summer. In the autumn and winter months, the Strelitzia is in a dormant period and extra feeding can even be harmful to the plant. In short, only fertilise the Strelitzia Bird of Paradise plant in spring and during the summer months! 

Diseases of the Strelitzia

The Strelitzia can be susceptible to scale insects. Scale insects are a type of aphid that nests mainly on the leaves. The best way to avoid these annoying little creatures is to regularly spray your bird of paradise plant with water. This will ensure that the scale insect has no chance of nesting on your houseplant Strelitzia. Other diseases are rare in the Strelitzia. If the strelitzia bird of paradise plant is really suffering from diseases, it is always possible to use chemical pesticides. If you keep a close eye on your Strelitzia and act quickly if you see anything suspicious, your plant will remain healthy for a long time!

All you need to know about the Strelitzia

When you buy a Strelitzia plant, you'll probably be curious to know more about the plant and its care. Read on to find out more about handy information, tips and tricks about the bird of paradise plant! 

Is a Bird of Paradise plant poisonous?

The Strelitzia houseplants are slightly poisonous. It's important to check carefully whether the houseplant you buy is poisonous if you have small children or pets in the house. A Strelitzia plant is only poisonous if the leaves are ingested by children or animals. Since the Strelitzia is a large plant, it is difficult to place on a high cabinet. So make sure that no children or animals nibble at the Strelitzia bird of paradise plant! 

The Strelitzia in bloom

The Strelitzia is a houseplant that can flower. This only happens with the Strelitzia Reginae, which is one of the two different species of Strelitzia. The Strelitzia will only flower when the plant is at least 8 years old. So you will need to have a lot of patience before you can see the bird of paradise flowers! Unfortunately, not all Strelitzias flower. It is often the case that flowering Strelitzias are used by growers of the bird of paradise flower. Flowerless Strelitzia Reginae are often resold in the trade as green houseplants. 

The flowering of the bird of paradise plant mainly takes place in autumn. To promote flowering, it is advisable to put the Strelitzia in a cooler place in the winter. In the spring the Strelitzia likes a little food. The reason why Strelitzia flowers so late in the season is that the flower is very large. So it takes a long time before the Strelitzia blooms!

Strelitzia species

Which Strelitzia species are there? Green Bubble only offers the Strelitzia Nicolai, but in total there are 2 different varieties of Strelitzia. 

Strelitzia Nicolai

The Strelitzia Nicolai is the most famous and popular species of bird of paradise plant. The Strelitzia Nicolai is known for its large green leaves and is therefore also very popular as a houseplant. Strelitzia care is the same for all species, including Strelitzia Nicolai. 

Strelitzia Reginae

The Strelitzia Reginae is the species of bird of paradise plant that is known for the flowers that grow from this Strelitzia. The Strelitzia Reginae can be bought with the flower, but is usually sold without the flower. After 8 years, it is possible that this bird of paradise plant will start flowering, so please be patient! Strelitzia care is the same for all species, including the Strelitzia Reginae. 

Buy a Strelitzia at Green Bubble

Are you looking for a beautiful Strelitzia houseplant? Then you're at the right place at Green Bubble! At the moment you buy a Strelitzia flower you want a beautiful and fresh plant. Green Bubble works directly with growers so we can guarantee the freshness of our houseplants. We strive to deliver healthy and high quality plants to our customers every day. Buying your bird of paradise plant is therefore easy on our website!

Want to buy a Strelitzia but don't feel like going to your local garden shop? We understand, which is why we send your bird of paradise plant directly to your home, free of charge! Buying a Nicolai Strelitzia is easy in our webshop.

Ease of ordering and great houseplants, that is what Green Bubble stands for. Do you want to buy a large Strelitzia? Join the Green Bubble!



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