Strelitzia nicolai, White Bird of Paradise

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Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

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PlantVine’s Organic Outdoor Potting Soil is time-tested and proven to help your outdoor potted plants thrive. This is our best all-purpose mix, and a smart choice for a wide variety of outdoor plants, flowers and vegetables. The all natural ingredients are specially blended to provide excellent long term drainage, high air porosity and good water holding capability. This mix contains no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

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White Bird Of Paradise

If you wish to give your house garden an exotic feel, the banana-like leaves of Strelitzia Nicoli will make a great addition to your home. In Southern Africa, the plant grows up to 20’ tall. However, outside its native habitat, the plant easily adjusts to a height of 3’ to 8’.

The flat deep green oval leaves similar to banana leaves and exotic flowers scream tropical beauty in many house gardens. Junior White Bird of Paradise plants grows tall easily and in no time. Their big leaves also need a spacious area to spread out and unfurl.

Even with their dramatic growth rate, height, and the space they take up, Strelitzia Nicoli is easy to grow. With proper care and attention, the plants will help make a statement when you use them as decor for your patio, deck, or even beside tall pillars at your house entrance.


The White Bird of Paradise originated from South Africa and was brought to western attention in the late 1700s. In South Africa, it is also nicknamed the Crane Flower. The name generally means joy and paradise.

The director of the royal gardens, Joseph Banks, gave it the scientific name Strelitzia Reginae. The genus Strelitzia was named after the Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen Charlotte. The flower of this plant is named the bird of paradise because the bud is fused from six petals and results in a shape like that of a tropical bird in flight.

Caring for your White Bird of Paradise

If you wish to see your plant grow well in your home or office, it is important to ensure proper care. You should keep certain guidelines in mind when taking care of your White Bird of Paradise plant.


The Bird of Paradise plant prefers bright, indirect light. Hence, give your plant plenty of sunlight, but make sure it doesn’t stay directly under the sun. It can certainly adapt to medium light, but your plant’s growth may slow down.

If you’ve kept your plant indoors, make sure you place it near a south or north-facing window. Remember that direct sunlight can risk burning the leaves.


For your Bird of Paradise plant, use a potting mix that drains well. You can increase soil aeration by adding ingredients like perlite or lava rocks.


Birds of Paradise enjoy moist but not soggy soil. To avoid wet soil issues, practice the soak and dry method.

Allow the soil to dry out between watering slightly. Don’t let the soil dry out completely but avoid overwatering your plant. You can water when the soil is dry, about 1 to 2 inches deep. You can do this every 1 to 2 weeks. Remember that your plant will expect more regular waterings in a brighter light than in low light conditions. Pro tip: avoid using tap water. Instead, use room temperature rainwater, filtered water, or distilled water for your plants.


You can fertilize your plant for it to grow bigger during spring and summer healthily. Use an all-purpose liquid fertilizer and dilute it in water to half of its strength.

Do not fertilize during autumn or winter seasons as excessive food can cause salt build-up in the soil, resulting in leaf burn.

Common Issues

Pests and Diseases

The Bird of Paradise is an easy-going plant that generally remains disease and pest-free. But even so, it can fall victim to scales and spider mites. If pests appear on your plant, be quick to treat them. Spray your plant weekly with natural pesticides like neem oil.

Root rot is the most common disease in these plants. It generally crops up when the roots are allowed to soak in water for too long. You can easily avoid it by letting the soil dry between watering sessions.


You can trim your Bird of Paradise at any time, but if you are looking to seriously prune it, wait until early springtime. Pruning a tall bird of paradise plant is a serious affair.

Never use hedge trimmers to prune your plant, as it will leave the leaves ragged and make rough cuts. Instead, consider using loppers, hand pruners, or a pruning saw.

  • Take all stems and leaves back above the ground
  • Clean up old vegetation that has fallen around the plant
  • Remove dead flowers

If your plant is too dense, consider thinning the leaves to allow air and light near the center of the plant. This decreases the risk of fungal diseases and encourages flowering. While thinning the plant, you can remove any new growth at the base of the plant, along with a few stems and leaves. Remember not to remove more than one-third of the plant.

Propagating your Large Bird of Paradise

You can easily propagate a Bird of Paradise plant by division. You can do this every spring by cutting a piece of rhizome with a knife. Make sure you use a clean and sharp one. Use rooting hormone on the open cuts. It is best to spray or sprinkle it instead of dipping. After you’ve made the divisions, fill a pot with high-quality potting mix and place one division in it. Do not water it for a few days so as to let the cuts heal. You can start fertilizing your plant the next spring.


Your pot for a bird of paradise plant needs to have a drainage hole. You can, however, use the regular potting mix for houseplants. Remember to check it for good drainage before planting your bird of paradise.

The plant grows typically, so you will need to repot your plant every two years. You should do this in springtime. Get a container two inches wider than the current pot. Place stones over the drainage hole. Prepare the new pot by spreading a layer of potting mix over the base. Now, you can place the plant in the new pot. Make sure to be careful as you can damage the plant roots while doing this. Fill in any gaps around the plant with potting mix and then water it.

Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a

Sun Exposure

Partial Sun

Mature Height

12 ft – 15 ft


4 ft – 6 ft

50 reviews for Strelitzia nicolai, White Bird of Paradise

  1. MELISSA (verified owner)

    The White Bird of Paradise is large and beautiful, and also arrived quickly and in perfect condition!

  2. Terry D. (verified owner)

    I’m so very pleased it’s beautiful it handled the shipping very well and fits right in perfectly

  3. Markeith Williams (verified owner)

    Was in good condition although Fed Ex was late with delivery. Awesome plant

  4. Cheryl S. (verified owner)

  5. Chelsea (verified owner)

    Came in terrific condition, absolutely beautiful, bigger than expected, and came with two in the one pot! Will be ordering all of our topicals from plant vine from now on.

  6. Will (verified owner)

    She is absolutely GORGEOUS. I have never encountered such efficient and lovely customer service, and the selection of plants you have it truly astounding. I recommend to all my friends to buy from Plantvine now!

  7. Corbin (verified owner)

    Beautiful and healthy

  8. Rebecca (verified owner)

  9. Anonymous (verified owner)

    My plant arrived in perfect condition! I’m very pleased with all of the plants I’ve ordered from PlantVine.

  10. Diane G. (verified owner)

    So far so good she is adjusting well to her new environment. She different than picture but still beautiful plant

  11. Charlotte Gregory (verified owner)

    I am in absolutely loving my new addition to our family she is beautiful and this the size she was when I received her she was well packaged and well worth the wait due to weather conditions where I live, which I think it awesome the company does that and they do keep you updated on what is going with your purchase.

  12. Jessica Z. (verified owner)

    Plant arrived damaged

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  15. Vicquoria M. (verified owner)

    I gave this as a Christmas gift and my friend LOVED it! Shipping was quick and it arrived in perfect condition!

  16. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Plant was packaged nicely and arrived safely!

  17. Lauren N. (verified owner)

    Arrived very healthy and securely and it’s absolutely perfect!

  18. Karla P. (verified owner)

  19. Michelle R. (verified owner)

    It arrived healthy and beautiful! Plant vine never disappoint me.

  20. Barbra (verified owner)

    Plant arrived healthy. Soil was still moist and arrived in a timely manner. Very pleased with purchase.

  21. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Beautiful, healthy plants packed well and delivered safely.

  22. Sylvia Saab (verified owner)

    love them

  23. Jacob (verified owner)

    The plant is even better than anticipated.

  24. Justin Huang (verified owner)

    Beautiful plants and great customer service.

  25. Rosalinde S. (verified owner)

    My plant arrived well packaged and it wasn’t dried out or damaged. It was a great size and I’ve planted it this weekend. I sure hope it blooms next spring. Thanks!

  26. Kaitlin C. (verified owner)

    Beautiful big plant! Hoping she perks up in the next few weeks. One of the stalks died immediately 🙁

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  28. Chantal (verified owner)

    I have tried every plant delivery service possible, and I can’t recommend this high enough. The plants are the most full-of-life–beautiful plants and made it DAMAGE-FREE to NYC! I don’t even know how that’s possible (other plant services haven’t been able to perfect that either–trust me).

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Why others chose the Strelitzia nicolai, White Bird of Paradise

Always wanted a Bird of Paradise. Finally made the purchase at a great price.

What a beautiful indoor plant, decent price on

This graceful plant makes a bold statement and provides instant tropical flair.

Bought this as a housewarming gift for my friend's first apartment! Have not received it yet but I think it will be a beautiful addition as it is a very attractive and photogenic plant.

Just big and beautiful. They are the “flamingos” of plants!

Size and beauty!

Size and beauty!

I've been wanting a big tropical beauty like this to fill a large sunny corner of our home. Living in the Southwest, tropical leafy plants really stand out here :)

Always wanted one

very pretty

Adding vertical element to the living room. What better than a beautiful tropical plant.

Very aesthetically pleasing in our mid-century modern apartment.

Looking for something big with scale

I wanted a wide body plant that could add some nice vertical lines in my home

It's beautiful

Because my favorite yoga pose is Bird of Paradise. 😘

Beautiful and different

love the look and hopefully can maintain indoor well

Brighten up my indoor space!

Have always wanted a bird of paradise and finally have the space.

They are gorgeous and remind me of home growing up in Florida!

Works great for privacy wall and the Flowers are beautiful

For our new pool landscape - to make it look like paradise!

Got something to discuss?

2 years 11 months ago

My White bird of Paradise is absolutely beautiful about 6-7 foot tall but noticed on back of leaves I have whitish gray spots not really spots like small pieces of gray gravel .. what is it anyone know ? Thanks Desire’e

2 years 11 months ago

Hi Desire’e! Please send an image of your bird of paradise to our customer service team at and we can see if it is something that we can easily recommend to help fix, if not we always suggest contacting the original place you purchased it from for advice. Thanks!!

2 years 1 month ago

What is the size of the pot / average height for the Extra Large? Thanks!

2 years 1 month ago

Hi Margaryta! Our Extra Large is our 12-14″/7 gallon sized pot. Our Extra Large is approximately 4-4.5ft including the nursery pot in this height. Our Extra large sizes are much more full compared to our Large size. Thanks!

1 year 7 months ago

How tall is the large?

1 year 6 months ago

The large is about 36 inches including the pot.

1 year 7 months ago

Is this plant meant to be kept indoors or outdoors?

1 year 7 months ago

You can do either. Our plants are shade grown so they either need bright indirect light indoors or complete shade outdoors.

1 year 6 months ago

I’m interested in buying the large, and wanted to know how tall it will be when it arrives… and how tall I can expect it to grow? Also, same question for the extra large. I plan to keep these indoors in a pot

1 year 6 months ago

Hi! Our large is typically 3-4ft tall including the pot, our XL is typically 4.5 to 5.5 ft tall including the pot.

1 year 2 months ago

What is the size of the pot for the large size?

1 year 2 months ago

Our Large is in our 8-10″ pot

10 months 26 days ago

Does extra large come with 1 or 2 plants in the pot?

9 months 24 days ago

Hi Sean, typically it is one XL plant but can be two!