The Strelitzia reginae or Bird of Paradise flower is originally from South Africa, but in the meantime the plant has spread to almost all tropical and subtropical areas.
Strelitzia belongs to the family of bananas (Musaceae) and are closely linked. Yet the differences between Musa and Strelitzia are at least as numerous as the similarities. For example, the leaf shape of both plants is about the same, but the leaves of bananas are rather thin and tear easily, while the leaves of the bird of paradise flower are very thick, strong and unbreakable.
Every week the Bird of Paradise flower needs a good splash of water, just make sure that no layer of water remains in the soil. Also regularly spray the leaves so that the leaves remain nice and green. Halve watering in winter!
Also give the plants a place in winter where the temperature does not drop below 10 ° C and preferably in a light place. Also keep the plants quite dry during this period.
In the summer, the Bird of Paradise Flower prefers a light and warm location in full sun. To prevent evaporation, preferably in a wind-free place. The bird of paradise flowers will thank you on the terrace or balcony with many beautiful flowers. These flowers are not only very beautiful for the garden or terrace, but you can also use them as a cut flower for a vase or to use in a flower arrangement where they stay fresh for a very long time.
Who does not know the colorful flowers of the bird of paradise flower? It is one of the most exotic flowers that you will encounter as a houseplant or as a cut flower. They are plants with strikingly shaped and colored flowers that are naturally pollinated by hummingbirds and here as a tub plant can give a unique atmosphere to the balcony, terrace or garden.
Diseases hardly know the plant. In terms of pests, the bird of paradise flower indoors sometimes has to deal with scale insects. These are hard, brown shields that attach themselves to the bottom of the leaves. You can easily wipe it off the leaves with a small infestation.
The strelitzia Nicolai is very popular as an interior plant because of its large leaves.