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The distinctive bird of paradise (Strelitzia spp.) is one of the best-known tropical flowers. It is closely related to the banana plant. The bird of paradise plant is named for closely resembling the tropical bird of the same name. It is easier to grow than many tropical plants and makes for a vigorous, rapidly growing indoor plant. It can be moved outside in the summer and thrives for half the year.
|Common Name||Bird of paradise, crane flower|
|Botanical Name||Strelitzia reginae, Strelitzia nicolai|
|Plant Type||Herbaceous perennial|
|Mature Size||3.5-6 ft. tall, 3-4 ft. wide|
|Sun Exposure||Full to partial|
|Soil pH||Slightly acidic|
|Bloom Time||Late winter to early spring|
|Flower Color||Orange or white|
|Hardiness Zones||10-12 (USDA)|
|Native Area||Africa (South Africa)|
|Toxicity||Toxic to pets|
How to Grow Bird of Paradise From Seed
Be patient when growing strelitzia from seeds. It can take two months for the seeds to germinate. Soak seeds in room-temperature water for 24 to 48 hours before planting. Remove any orange stringy material. Nick the seed with a knife or nail file. Plant the seed in a well-draining potting mix about 1/2 to 1 inch deep and at least 3 inches apart from other seeds. Place the container in a warm, indirect sun location (at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Cover with a cloche or plastic wrap, keeping the soil moist but not soggy. Once the seedling germinates and produces two to three leaves, transplant to a 6-inch pot. Once your plant reaches 6 inches, it is ready for a more permanent home.
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