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Est. 1980. Please have a look at all the different varieties we produce, not all are commercially available at this time. We hope that these pages will enlighten you about the beautiful Strelitziaceae family and the products we produce.
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Strelitzia Nicolai Regel
Other names

Strelitzia Nicolai Regel

Description: Strelitzia Nicolai is a native of Natal Province, from East London northwards to Eastern Cape, Kwa Zulu, Mozambique towards Zimbabwe, South Africa.

The name Nicolai is in honour of Czar Nicolas the 1st, for his third son, Grand Duke Nicolai Nicolaievich the Elder of Russia.

Location: Found coastal dune vegetation and evergreen forests near the coast.

Our strelitzia range

To check out our range of Strelitziae and to find out more information about each species, click on the links below to be taken to that particular genus' page:

Strelitzia Reginae

Strelitzia Reginae Miniature

Strelitzia Dwarf

Strelitzia Alba

Strelitzia Nicolai

Strelitzia Juncea

Strelitzia Caudata

Strelitzia Mandela Gold

Strelitzia Parvifolia


Blooming time: They may bloom most times of the year depending where you live. The flowers are about 500mm long. The main plant can grow as big as 10-12m high. It will throw out many suckers over the years. The leaf is very large; they are shiny and grey-green in colour, which can grow up to 2m in length. The sepals have blue petals and consist of five purplish blue sheaths. It is recommended that a larger garden is needed. It really comes to life in a Sub-Tropical garden or a Balinese-Thai setting, creating a lush tropical effect. The root system can be aggressive so do not put it too close to fence lines and garden paths. It is also grown in pots for household and office decoration, as the large leaves are spectacular indoors.

Culture: Strelitzia Nicolai are quite fast growers in pots or outside in the open. They will take part shade - full sun. The Nicolai is just about drought tolerant, does not like severe frost, it will take temperatures down to 8c. It tolerates salty coastal winds and salt spray up to a point. Fertilise regularly with a balanced slow release fertiliser for indoor pots. Outside fertilising requires a good well balanced fertiliser.

Humidity: Will cope with lower humidity levels prefers medium humidity.

Propagation: Strelitzia Nicolai are propagated by suckers or by seed. Suckers taken off the main plant grow vigorously, but can harm the main plant and the suckers will not always grow. Seeds are very slow to germinate and may take up to 24 months, commercial growers take a lot less time than this -about 4-6 weeks. They are pollinated by birds (refer to Reginae for explanation on seed propagation) they also have large black seeds with an orange aril. Olive Sunbirds and Grey Sunbirds are attracted to the nectar which germinates the flowers.Vervet and Samango monkeys feed on the soft part of the flowers as well as on the orange aril of the seeds.

See additional notes on the Nicolai in the Alba page for correct identification.

Plant availability: Plenty of stock.

250mm Nicolai
250mm Nicolai fertilised, labeled and ready to go to Melbourne
Rready for shipment to 
                                Sydney
250mm Nicolai ready for shipping
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250mm pots ready to go.
Triple planted 430mm 
                                Nicolai
Triple and single planted 430mm nicolai
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200mm Nicolai ready for 
                                sale
Small 100Lt nicolai
Small Nicolai plants
250mm nicolai pots 2 more leaves and ready to send
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Triple planted 430mm and 
                                250mm single planted
Triple planted 430mm and 250mm single planted
Very young 300mm triple 
                                planted Nicolai
Very young 300mm triple planted Nicolai, mature 300mm at the rear
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200mm Nicolai plants ready for shipment at the nursery
200mm Nicolai plants ready for shipment at the nursery
Photos: Steve Sayers

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