Strelitzia nicolai is part of the Strelitziaceae family, it hails from South Africa. It has large paddle shaped leaves which tear to tolerate high winds and they resemble giant feathers. Sir Joseph Banks named this plant Strelitzia in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III and Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who lived at Kew for many years. In their native environment they can grow up to 12m and 4m wide.
Height: Approximately 75cm from the base of my pot.
Secrets to success
Temperature: Strelitzia nicolai need between 15 and 23°C.
Light: As much light as possible but keep out of hot summer sun to prevent burns.
Water: They're quite thirsty plants during the growing season but during winter, they should be kept almost dry.
Air humidity: Moderate to high humidity; this can be achieved by grouping plants together, misting, using a humidifier and placing your plant on a tray of watered pebbles.
Feeding: Fertilise monthly in the spring and summer when it is actively growing; use a balanced plant food diluted to half the recommended strength.
This plant is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.