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How do you grow Strelizia, the Bird of Paradise plant?
Posted by Suttons Staff on 01 December 2014 10:55 AM

The Strelitzia is widely known as the Bird of Paradise and is a native plant of South Africa.

The seeds of Strelitzia can be sown in a propagator or in a greenhouse from April to September maintaining a temperature of 21º-24ºC (70º-75ºF). Rub off any orange ‘tails’ from the seed. To aid germination soak the seed in tepid water for 24 hours. Gently press the seed into trays of warm, moist compost. Germination is very slow and can take from 30 days-6 months.

Transplant the young plants into 9cm (3½") when they have 2-3 small leaves and grow on in some shade. Repot as necessary into a larger pot. Established plants should be re-potted every two years.

Keep the plants in full sun during the summer giving enough shade to prevent the leaves scorching, and keep them well watered. Liquid feed should be given during spring and summer when the plants are in growth at fortnightly intervals but must be discontinued in the winter months. In winter water the plants sparingly, and a temperature of not less than 10ºC (50ºF) should be maintained.

The plants will start to flower in three to five years.

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