Bird of paradise is an evergreen plant with beautiful bright yellow-orange flowers. These plants are native to Southern Africa. The common name of the plant is Strelitzia and Crane flower.
Birds of paradise are the official flower of the Los Angeles, California.
These are slow to grow and surely are paradise in your garden.
Birds of paradise are easy to grow. Make sure you bound the plant properly in the container so that they do not fall over. If you are planning to re-pot the plant then, do it during the late winters.
It is the evocative colors of the flower which lures the attention of the people. The flower resembles the exotic shape of a bird of the same name. They look like the beak and the colorful head of the bird. They bloom between the months of September and May.
The average height of the plant is around 5 feet tall. They spread along 2 to 3 feet inside the ground cover.
A soil that does not retain much water is suitable for the bird of paradise. They prefer well-draining high-quality of potting soil. You can feed the plant with 3 inches of compost while repotting or during their plantation period.
Try to keep the soil dry during the winters.
Let the soil dry out completely before watering. Try to keep the soil moist and aerated. Supply the bird of paradise with 1 to 2 cups of water daily especially during the spring and summer.
Bird of paradise grows under direct and bright sunlight. They require afternoon shade to grow. Make sure the exposure is not too hard; in case it is, then try to plant it under the shade of another shrub or tree. 2 to 4 hours of direct sunlight is enough. The plant can also strive under filtered sunlight.
Use instant plant food to feed your bird of paradise. Feed them once in a week during their blooming period and then once in a month when they are dormant during the winters. You can also use water-soluble fertilizer for the plant.
Bird of paradise tends to be heavy due to their long stem and flowers.
They can be propagated via stem cuttings or seeds. If you are trying to propagate it from the seeds then it may take around 6 to 7 years for the bird of paradise to produce flowers.
Bird of paradise is one of the beautiful flower the world. They are used for ornamental purposes.
Birds of paradise are prone to aphids and mites.
They feed on the foliage and the stems. Spray neem oil and insecticidal soap on the undersides of the leaf as most of the mite's attacks there. Prune the plant occasionally and remove the waste from the soil to prevent the pests.