Adored by interior design professionals for its dramatic, long, arching leaves, the Strelitzia nicolai can really make a tropical statement even if you’re socked in for a long winter. Better yet, break it out on the porch or patio during the summertime and let the sun shine on it. Regardless of the growing season, you’ll need a lot of sunlight to keep the White Bird of Paradise growing. With the high-light requirement, this plant is a moderately heavy drinker. Thoroughly wet the soil with each watering and let it dry down to moist before watering again.