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How to sell a bird of paradise nicolai?

strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 758
edited July 2020 in Plants
Not sure how on-topic this is, but does anyone have a suggestion on the best way/how to sell a strelitzia nicolai alba (white bird of paradise, no I'm not selling myself!).

It's a very healthy plant, about 6 years old, but it's getting too big for the space. I thought I might be able to control it with pot size but no luck. So very reluctantly I have to let it go  :'(

It's currently 7ft tall and has the next leaf on the way unfurling, which will take it to about 9ft. It needs careful care and, if you want to let it grow, will hit 30 feet high unrestricted.

Not the kind of plant you can sell on eBay  :D . Really it needs to go to someone with the right space and interest to care for it, or maybe a hotel I guess.

Any suggestions on how to find someone interested in it?


  • Have you tried any local Facebook community pages, i.e., swap and sell?

    Gumtree for your local area... or the good old way of putting a small ad in the Newspaper :D
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,296
    I use my local Freecycle.
    I recently divided my tall bearded iris and had 50+ spare rhizomes
    Put them on Freecycle and I had many takers - they were all gone the same day.
    Just google Freecycle then enter your postcode to get to your local group and post the ad.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    I think you want to sell not give away!
    No harm in trying gum tree or eBay especially if you get the £1 final value fee offer, they are doing a 50% off at the moment though. You reach a far more people and its surprising how far they will travel.
    If you do cash on collection as well you save on PayPal fees.

  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 758
    Thanks all. @TheScottishGardener I don't use social media, so facebook isn't an option! 

    @Pete.8 @K67 I'll take a look at gumtree, and you're right eBay may actually be worth a try.

    I don't want to give it away, it's less about the money and more about if someone pays for it they are more likely to be serious about looking after it. I've put a lot of work in growing it, I'm sad to see it go, and I don't want someone to have it as a "nice plant for the corner" then throw it out when it gets even larger! I think that's less likely if someone pays vs a freebie.

    @K67 I'll check out eBay though if you think it's possible, it just seemed like not the obvious place to sell this very specialized plant!
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,324
    Would one of those upmarket designer-type garden centres buy it off you?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,296
    Hopefully you'll get a good offer for it.
    I've been looking for some houseplants and just noticed that Crocus have them for sale-

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,689
    Try eBay. Don't undervalue it, there are plenty of people who scour eBay looking for niche plants and don't mind paying a fair bit of money. You'd be surprised. Try a Buy It Now price of £150 and see what happens! (Wait for a zero fees promotion period to come up maybe).
    "What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour". 
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,447
    You could try reddit too. There's a sub-reddit for uk based houseplant people
    If you can keep your head, while those around you are losing theirs, you may not have grasped the seriousness of the situation.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,881
    Maybe a hospice or similar might need a nice plant?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 758
    Thanks for everyone's time to give thoughts and feedback.

    @B3 I'm not sure I'd be allowed in one of those upmarket places  ;)

    @Pete.8 uh oh, looks like crocus fell in the bird of paradise trap! That photo is a stock photo I've seen in loads of places, and totally doesn't represent what a nicolai looks like. There's about 5 (probably reginae) in that pot to get that appearance, and I love the "eventual height: 2 meters" on the plant only page  :D . Going to be some upset customers!

    @WillDB thanks for the suggestion, I'll need to make an eBay account first but may go that way. I'll have a think about the price, I guess there aren't many semi mature specimens around.

    @wild edges I'd never heard of that reddit before, to be honest I find reddit a bit hard to understand so never really used it. But thank you for the suggestion, I'll take a look there too.

    @Dovefromabove that's a nice suggestion, but I don't think it's practical for somewhere like that. The size, position and feeding requirements are a bit more strict than I think they would want to deal with. It's kind of back to my original thought of wanting it to go to someone with a specific interest who can care for it, rather than somewhere that will probably have to stick it in a corner and water with tap water.
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