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Strelitzia/Bird of Paradise Plant

strelitzia/bird of paradise plant

Fact
sheet

from David’s
Exotic Plants

bird of paradise plant (strelitzia)

 


Watering

The
bird of paradise plant should be watered thoroughly but then allowed to
dry out almost completely before re-watering.  

Note
– they don’t like to be over-watered
, and in the rest period
(winter) they should only be watered when the soil is almost completely
bone dry.   When growing
begins in the Spring they should be given phostrogen feed once every two
weeks, to encourage new growth. 
    


Over-wintering
in the UK

Strelitzia
tend to do very well in a greenhouse/conservatory, though they should be
protected from the frost. They usually start to come into flower at Xmas
time and sometimes later in the Summer months.   As soon as the
frosts finish for the winter, you may place the plant outside in a
sheltered south facing garden or in the greenhouse/conservatory.  



Summer
months

Strelitzia
require as much sunlight and ventilation as possible. Feed once a week
with a phostrogen feed to help encourage new leaves and flower spikes. 
The flower spikes usually take a few months to grow full size, but
then take a few weeks/months to open up to reveal their famous
flowers. 


Pests

Scale
insect, Red spider mite, White fly and Green fly are the main culprits and
the best solution is to wash your tree with soapy water every few days to
cut down the insect numbers, or simply give it a good hose down.


Potting

As
soon as the sterilities roots start to stretch the pot wider, it would
then be wise to pot the plant up into the next size pot.  .  The bird of
paradise tends to do very well in loam-based compost with either grit or
bark chippings to aid drainage.  The
optimum pH is 6.5.  


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