How To Care for a Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Nicolai)

Strelitzia Nicolai is a type that is a tropical evergreen herbaceous plant, indigenous to South Africa. Based on its own family Strelitziaceae by taxonomists, it remains closely associated with the bananas (Musaceae). People often call this plant "banana tree" because it resembles banana plants.

Strelitzia Nicolai plants (for the reason they're called"reginae,") are named after the gorgeous, orange crane-like flowers they produce similar to the bird of paradise. If the conditions are right such as the full exposure of southern lights with the proper humidity and temperatures, Bird of Paradise mayflower indoors, though this is not a common occurrence.

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Learn how to care for a Strelitzia Nicolai.


It thrives in bright indirect light up to full sun after acclimatization. Not ideal for conditions with low light.


It is recommended to water every two weeks and allow the soil to dry between the waterings. It is recommended to water more frequently in brighter lighting and less often in less lighting. A tip to remember: Birds of Paradise can benefit from filtering water or even water that is left out for a night before use.


The normal room humidity is sufficient, however, it is preferential to humid conditions, if you can. Think about incorporating a fine-mist humidifier or mister to raise the humidity levels indoors.


Make use of a potting mix that is well-drained. Add ingredients such as perlite or lava rocks to improve the aeration of your soil as needed.