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Bird Of Paradise in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Strelitzia reginae

 

Bird Of Paradise

Strelitzia reginae is an exotic looking plant with large grey-green leaves, shaped like the leaves of banana, (but not as big) and a flower that is shaped like the crested head of a crane, and is orange in colour. with a blue "tongue". It is a tender plant, and in colder areas should be container-grown

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plant Features
  • Bird Of Paradise likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Bird Of Paradise likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Bird Of Paradise is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Bird Of Paradise likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Bird Of Paradise

Latin name

Strelitzia reginae

type

Flowering plant

family

Strelitziaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Bird Of Paradise likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Bird Of Paradise is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Bird Of Paradise likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Bird Of Paradise likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Bird Of Paradise is 1.00meters x 1.50meters 1.00 M 1.50 M

Strelitzia reginae

Strelitzia reginae is an exotic looking plant with large grey-green leaves, shaped like the leaves of banana, (but not as big) and a flower that is shaped like the crested head of a crane, and is orange in colour. with a blue "tongue". It is a tender plant, and in colder areas should be container-grown


Planting Outdoors

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Digging in compost into the soil then plant out container grown plants into a sheltered but sunny position, they will tolerate a partial shade but do better in full sun. Water well in. They do best when they are in a tight clump or if in a container almost pot bound.

 

Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

They produce their own seed which can be harvested, dry thoroughly, soak them in tepid water, place them in on a paper towel that is damp, put them in a plastic bag seal them and put them in a fridge for two weeks. Remove the seeds and carefully nick them before planting into a suitable compost, cover them with the compost, water well. Place plastic bags over the pots and leave in a warm area but not in direct sunlight, keep them moist. When established and large enough to handle they can be planted out.

 

Flowering Season

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

The flowers are orange and blue and resemble a crane in flight. Grown inside can flower at any time during the year. Planted outside it is most likely to flower in the late spring to early autumn.

 

Propagation by dividing rhizomes

From Late Autumn TO Early Winter

Rhizomes can be divided, to do this you will have to dig up the plant and using a sharp knife and cut the rhizome into pieces that have roots growing from them. Replant them at the same depth as the parent plant and water well in. They can be planted into pots that free drain and water them in, Place in a warm light site but not in direct sunlight.

 
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