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Strelitzia nicolai

giant white bird of paradise or wild banana

Eventual height & spread

Strelitzia nicolai

giant white bird of paradise or wild banana

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  • 24cm pot - 1m tall
  • £139.99 £109.99
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  • Position: bright indirect light
  • Soil: loam-based potting compost (John Innes No.3)
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: February to May
  • Hardiness: tender (will need winter protection)
  • Current height: approximately 100cm (+ or - 10% including the pot)
  • Pot cover: choose a 30cm pot cover to give a good fit over the pot

    This structural evergreen is primarily grown for its handsome (banana-like) foliage, which becomes shredded as it ages. Given time and the right conditions however, it may occasionally produce a blue and white flowerhead too! In its native environment, this plant can grow to a great height (the foliage alone nearing 4m), but when confined to a pot and kept as an indoor plant, it will be a much more modest, but no less decorative specimen.

    Please note that the pot in the photograph is not supplied with the plant (which is sent out in a simple nursery alternative), but we have a wide and wonderful range on our website to choose from.

  • Garden care: During the growing season water regularly and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser each month. Water sparingly in winter and top dress each spring. As the old leaves become shredded, trim them off. The plants should be potted into a larger pot in autumn and may be left outside from May to September (provided there is no risk of frost). They need winter protection and can be kept in a greenhouse or conservatory from October through to April.

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