As mentioned above, the immature seeds are edible, and according to Ben-Erik van Wyk and Nigel Gericke in their book People's Plants, and I quote: 'The seeds are ground into flour. Ideal for the protection of herbaceous plants. This is a winter rainfall area so the plants have plenty of water through the winter to aid recovery. 1990. You are quite correct. Moeketsi LetselaWitwatersrand National Botanical Gardenwith additions by Yvonne ReynoldsJune 2002, SA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Aspect: Full Sun, Morning Sun (Semi Shade), Afternoon Sun (Semi Shade). If your strelitzia is within a meter or two of any structures, you may have a problem over time as the plant bulks outwards. Leaf stalks are dried and used to make a rope for building fish kraals and huts. For deep soft soil: Dig a moat all the way round the plant, about a meter away from the edge of the mass. Other suggestions: Do you know if it is safe, after a period of drying out, to burn the Strelitzia trunks we've cut down as firewood? I had a large Strelitzia nicolai with white and purple flowers. The stout, stately stems are topped with the unmistakeable boat-shaped spathe and crest of orange and blue petals that last for absolute ages. Flower stalks can be cut to allow quicker recovery. If you outsource the heavy work, make sure the persons you hire have had experience with the equipment. A woody, self-supporting perennial plant usually with a single main stem and generally growing more than 6 meters tall. I wish you all the best with this venture. After a few queries about how to move or remove a Strelitzia, I decided that it was high time to remove a small specimen so I could study the root structure. This plant attracts insects which can be food for birds or other creatures in your garden. It is quite safe (for the plant, that is) to cut down the old trunks. It is about 8m from the pool. Do not plant near pools, paving, walls or buildings. Plants adapted to survive in nutrient poor, very sandy soils. http://kumbulanursery.co.za/blog/digging-out-a-strelitzia. It can be used to offset hard landscaping, buildings and pools etc. Kim. The plants in the rockery sent up replacement shoots within 6 months. A tall hedge of suitable plants planted closely together and used as a windbreak, to block a bad view, to separate parts of the garden or as a backdrop. The 'arils' are those fluffy bits attached to the seed, which are removed before grinding. I have also wondered about whether there was a medicinal use, as I have had a few inquiries from China for the purchase of 300-500kg of Strelitzia seed! It is then baked over coals to make a dense filling meal, although the taste is somewhat bland. I just get the feeling it would be a bit like a grass fire. These roots are fragile and break off with very little resistance. A new name, new look, mobile device friendly layout and additional features in the coming months. The reason for the moat is to give you pace to maneuver and will probably be more than a meter deep. Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is an herbaceous perennial growing up to 30 feet in height at maturity. Although pliable, the stems are easily cut. It is always full of birds so I don't want to lose it. Suggestion 2: Vincent kept digging vertically until he had passed the depth of the main mass of the root ball - about half a meter. This would have to be done on a completely windless day with protective clothing and mask, followed by a shower. Any other suggestions ??? Our gardener, Vincent, is particularly adept at this kind of digging, having removed innumerable tree stumps on previous occasions. Will it regrow? Copyright © 2009 - 2017 kumbulanursery.co.za |. Strelitzia Nicolai – cute as a baby but wow when they grow up ! My dog has been chewing on nicolai branches for the last week since he came to live with me and he is ok, but i had no idea it might be poisonous.