Bird of Paradise (Strelizia Nicholi) | Plant Care Guide

bird of paradise Plant Care Guide

One of our all-time fave plants because of her huge glossy leaves and the way she will grow to touch the ceiling if you’ll let her! The bird of paradise likes plenty of light so she can be happy as larry for years to come. We love that she provides such a sophisticated tropical look to any space.

Difficulty Level – Easy

Grab one of these standout beauties here.


The bird of paradise prefers bright, indirect sunlight and even a few hours of morning sun.


This guy likes to be kept fairly well watered in the warmer months, so only allow the top few inches of soil to completely dry out before watering again. Being in such a large pot we find it easier to simply lift/ tilt the pot and see how light it feels if it seems on the lighter side then it could do with a water. Otherwise simply dig down a few inches with your finger or a moisture thermometer.


Feed your bird of paradise with a slow-release fertiliser once every six months following the instructions on the packet (remember, when you receive a plant from Green Assembly, it has enough slow-release fertiliser to last the first 6 months). During the warmer months, they like a drink of the stinky liquid fish stuff (like Seasol) every month, again be sure to follow the dilution instructions on the packet. Then sit back and watch her sprout fresh new leaves.

Because of the size of their leaves, they tend to collect a fair amount of dust which will literally suffocate them, so every month or so simply wipe with a damp cloth on top and bottom.

If you have yours out on a balcony or porch, it will likely take a hit from the wind and you will notice the leaves start to split, this is what naturally happens in the wild and they will continue to grow new leaves with no splits.

The flower is toxic to cats and dogs but indoor plants rarely flower.