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Plant info Giant Bird of Paradise

plant info strelitziaBOTANICAL NAME: Strelitzia nicolai

COMMON NAME: Giant Bird of Paradise

DESCRIPTION: Trunk forming, clustering tree to 5m high with banana-like shiny green leathery leaves, having an obtuse base arranged in two ranks.  Flowers outside only.

LIGHT/POSITION: High light only.  May need an acclimatisation period if grown outside or in a shade house.   Requires space for optimum visual effect.

WATERING: Water thoroughly and then allow to dry moderately between waterings.

CLEANING: Wipe leaves and stems with neem soap to remove dust. Do not oil.

PESTS: Can be attacked by white palm scale. Watch under the leaves for first signs and spray and wipe off using neem soap.  Avoid stronger chemicals as damage to plant is likely to occur.

DISEASES: Usually none.

FERTILISING: Usually not necessary, but only through the growing season with liquid fertiliser if required.

PRUNING: Remove dead stems and close to the stem.

PRESENTATION: Dramatic plant for interior situations, especially in large foyer areas with high ceilings.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Good feature plant. Not recommended for long term situations.

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