Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) - Care tips


The Bird of Paradise flower or plant is the most common name for the Strelitzia. Our exclusive flowering houseplant (when you treat her right). It owes her name to the beautiful shape and colours of the flowers.


The Strelitzia is from the family of Strelitziaceae and native to South Africa. This is a family of three genera of plants, the Strelitzia, the Ravenala and the Phenakospermum. The most common for us houseplant lovers is the Strelitzia of course. The Strelitzia has just five (some say six) species, Strelitzia Reginae being the most common.

The leaves on a Strelitzia can be quite large and are shaped like banana leaves or paddles. This is why she really gives your home that jungle feeling. She really loves to grow in height, so when you give her the right spot she can become 2 to 3,5 meters. Really a statement piece!

Strelitzia varieties

As mentioned above the Strelitzia has just a few species in het group. The two most common that can grow beautifully in our homes are the Strelitzia Nicolai and the Strelitzia Reginae.

The Strelitzia Reginae or the Bird of Paradise flower is so popular because of her vivid orange and bright purple/blue flowers and her banana-like leaves. We think she is a great addition to every home. She is a bit demanding because she prefers a humid atmosphere. This is not that hard to provide though. Just mist you’re her with a watering spray or use pebble trays (Place a layer of pebbles in the tray, add water until the pebbles are not quite covered and put the plant on top)!

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The Strelitzia Nicolai is known as the ‘Giant White Bird of Paradise’. Yes, the name alone.. We love it! This Strelitzia gets, when good taken care of, white sepals with blue petals. She has the same beautiful big green leaves and is also a great addition to every urban jungle.

We do not want to discourage you but it is hard to get those beautiful flowers when you grow your Strelitzia indoors. With really the right conditions, so full southern light exposure, proper humidity and a higher temperature (20 degrees and above), those birds of Paradise may flower. Nice challenge, isn’t it?

Bird of Paradise Care Tips

This plants can grow very fast and therefore have more needs as well. They prefer a minimum temperature of 15 degrees by day and a minimum temperature of 8 degrees at night. Useful to know is that outer leaves will always turn browner in time. There nothing you can do about this, it is natural. You can cut the older leaves off if they really become ugly.

Light and placement for Strelitzias

The Strelitzia thrives best in bright indirect light when you just adopted her. She really needs to acclimate first. After a while she would like some full sun sometimes as well. She really is not suited for low light conditions. It is even possible to let her play outside when there is not a lot of wind and the temperature is higher than 25 degrees.


Water is best every 1-2 weeks, allowing her soil to dry out between watering. You probably have to water more often in the summer and a little less in the winter. Pro tip: she can benefit from filtered water or water left out overnight before using.


During the spring and summer it is important to feed your Bird of Paradise every 2 weeks, this to promote growth. Never give her nutrients in winter, this is first of all not necessary but can even be harmful.


Propagating Strelitzia

Propagating a Bird of Paradise is not difficult. It is mostly done, most easily also, by plant division. You can best propagate your Bird of Paradise in early spring. Take a sharp and clean knife and sever a piece of rhizome. Each division should have some attached roots. You can then take each division and put them in a small, clean pot with airy soil. Let the cuts heal for a few days without water and then begin a regular watering schedule.

Most common pests on Strelitzias

The Bird of Paradise is generally a pest-free and easy going plant. When she is a little weaker she can be prone to spider mites. To provide this from happening it is always good to regularly wipe the leaves with a soft cloth.

When a problem occurs we recommend you to check with our PLNTSdoctor to see what the best solution is!

Are Strelitzias poisonous for pets or children?

She doesn’t like to be eaten so she made herself poisonous in order to protect herself. Unfortunately this is not good news for small children or you pet. Please keep a close eye on it of keep the plant out of reach.

Strelitzia plant for sale

At you can buy the two types of the Bird of Paradise. Whether you like your Bird of paradise big from the start or prefer to grow them from tiny BabyPLNTS into full-grown PLNTS - we’ve got you covered!

Hi, I'm Emma, your guide!

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