Strelitzia nicolai, otherwise known as the Bird of Paradise house plant, is larger than Strelitzia reginae and its foliage is glossier and greener. It will easily grow to about 2m high, given time.
This is a plant that can live happily in a conservatory or even a greenhouse if it is heated during the winter
The stunning flowers of this unique plant make it popular in gardens around the globe.
The Strelitzia is sometimes viewed as one of the most spectacular flowering plants that can be grown indoors, on account of the flowers which look like a bird's head and beak!
Temperature: The Bird of Paradise requires moderate temperatures year-round. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 55F (13C), but prefer to remain in the 70-90F (21-32C) range.
Watering: During the summer months, the soil should be kept moist through regular watering. Throughout the autumn and winter, permit the soil to almost dry out before watering. Never permit water to stand in the saucer underneath the plant.
Soil: Strelitzia does well in almost any type of soil. A standard potting soil will suffice for this plant's continued health.
Fertilizer: Offer this plant a balanced fertilizer every two weeks throughout the spring and summer. During the autumn and winter months fertilize around once every month.
Air Humidity: This plant prefers normal air humidity inside the home. During the winter months, you can mist the leaves of the plants to simulate rainfall, which will also improve humidity during the months that artificial heating is used.
Please note that these plants are not flowering at the moent, the flowers in the picture are artificial. They will, however, flower in the UK, provided conditions are right.