Bird of Paradise
Birds of Paradise, also known as Crane flowers are one of the most beautiful Exotic Flowers. Birds of Paradise are native to South Africa. Birds of Paradise bloom from September through May.
The flowers of the Birds of Paradise resemble a brightly colored bird in flight hence the name Birds of Paradise.
Growing Birds of Paradise
- The soil around Birds of Paradise plant needs to be kept moist all spring and summer but should be allowed to dry out slightly between watering in the fall and winter.
- Try to avoid temperatures below 50 degrees. Birds of Paradise need indoor temperatures.
- Feed your Birds of Paradise every other week during spring and summer with a liquid such as Schultz's Instant Plant Food or a water-soluble fertilizer such as Bachman's Excel-Gro, and a quality peat-based potting soil.
- Cut back to once a month in fall and winter.
- A quality peat-based potting soil such as Bachman's Exceloam is perfect for the Birds of Paradise plant.
- When Birds of Paradise plants are young and actively growing, repot them every spring so that they have plenty of room.
- As the Birds of Paradise mature (and have bloomed for a year or two), they can be carefully divided. Remember that this will keep the plant from blooming again for several years! Birds of Paradise are also propagated from seed.
Bird of Paradise Plant Care
- The Bird of Paradise does require a good amount of sunlight.
- Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system for the Birds of Paradise.
- Watering can be reduced after establishment.
- Feed Birds of Paradise plants with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
- Floral preservative for Birds of Paradise is recommended and is available commercially.
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