Scientific Name: Strelizia nicolai
Synonyms: Giant White Bird of Paradise, Natal Wild Banana, Wild Banana, Strelizia
If you're in need of the definitive Indoor Jungle looks, for tropical good feeling vibes, then consider adding the floor-standing Wild Banana.
This proudly South African plant has captured the imagination of the indoor plant lovers the world over. It's loved for its full, ever green foliage that fans out into a triumphant display of green.
In its natural environment, the Strelitzia Nicolai will grow into large, clustered trees that are 12meters high and up to 4 meters across. Potted in your home, you can expect this house plant to continue generating new leaves from the center of its stem outwards. Water thoroughly, and let the plant dry out a little in between.
Find a nice brightly lit spot in your home - possibly a bright corner of a room - where the Wild Banana will hold court beautifully.
Follow these instructions to keep your Wild Banana healthy and happy.
Water: During the summer months the Strelitzia will need regular watering to keep the soil moist. During winter and autumn, water less allowing the soil to almost dry out before the next water. Careful not to let the soil be waterlogged.
Light: Plenty of bright light. Our variety is "soft grown" in a greenhouse, so they won't tolerate harsh, direct sunlight. Some softer direct morning sun will be fine. Too little light and the Wild Banana won't be happy.
Humidity: Normal room humidity will be fine.
Fertilize: Feed twice a month during the growing period (Spring - Summer) cutting back during its dormancy (colder season).
Send us an email for more detailed Care Instructions.
Our Wild Banana comes in a nursery pot with 24cm diameter and fits best with decorative pots that have a diameter of 25-30cm. You can shop our pot collection here: Pot and Planter Collection
Find more information on our pot sizing guide here: Choosing the right pot
We use a network of vetted couriers to safely deliver your order. The costs and delivery times are as follows:
Collections: 6 Roodehek Street, Gardens, Cape Town
No Charge. We'll notify you once your order is ready, usually 1-2 days from order.
Cape Town & Surrounds
R50 fee, delivery usually within 1-3 working days from order.
Major Centers (Jhb, Dbn etc)
R85 fee, delivery usually within 4-5 working days from order.
Regional Areas (e.g. Hermanus)
R100 fee, delivery 1-3 days from order (CPT regional), 4-5 days (rest of SA)
Unfortunately, we are not able to deliver to rural areas, such as farms.
If you would like to add special delivery instructions or a handwritten note to your order, please leave us a note at checkout under 'Special Instructions For Seller', when viewing your cart.