Bird of Paradise - 10 Seeds
Even when this plant isn t in bloom, it offers very attractive leaves that resemble those of a banana plant. The bird of paradise plant, Strelitzia reginae, is native to subtropical areas of South Africa. For years, it was considered a collector s plant because it was difficult to find a nice specimen. With modern growing practices, bird of paradise plants are available more often, but are still much prized. They begin to bloom when they are 4-5 years old and live on for years and years.
When selecting a bird of paradise plant, look for a full, healthy-looking plant with lots of new growth. Plants that are slightly crowded in their pots will bloom better.
Common name: Strelitzia, Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise
Color: The unique flower has vivid colours and a statuesque profile that is unmistakable.
Height: 4 to 5 feet tall with a 2- or 3-foot spread.
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Sunlight: Provide bird of paradise with some afternoon shade to protect it from the hottest part of the day, especially in areas with sultry summers. A nearby shrub, tree, fence or wall can give the plants shade.
Soil: Grow bird of paradise in soil that drains well. Root rot can occur if the soil retains too much water. For a potted plant, use a high-quality potting mix. Outdoors, incorporate 2 or 3 inches of compost into the soil at planting time.
Water: The soil should be kept moist all spring and summer but should be allowed to dry out slightly between waterings in the fall and winter.
Temprature: Average indoor temperatures are fine. Try to avoid temperatures below 50ºF.
Fertilizer: Feed your bird of paradise every other week during spring and summer and once a month in fall and winter with a liquid such as Schultz s Instant Plant Food or a water-soluble fertilizer.
- When growing bird of paradise, you should follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.
- Watering can be reduced after the plant has established itself; however, it will require moist conditions throughout its growing season.
- Although the soil must be kept moist throughout spring and summer, the plant should be allowed to dry out slightly between watering during fall and winter.
- However, during the dry winter months, regular misting of the plant may be needed to produce the humid conditions it enjoys.
- As the bird of paradise mature, their rhizomes can be divided.
- Bird of paradise can also be propagated from seed; however, blooming will not begin for at least five years.
- Monitor a bird of paradise for pests, such as aphids, scale and mites.
- If you see a lot of pests, treat before they do significant damage.
- Insecticidal soaps work well but make sure you apply it to the undersides of the leaves, as insects tend to gather there.
- Remove plant debris under a bird of paradise to help keep insects at bay.
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