Strelitzia reginae 'Dwarf'

Bird of paradise

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General houseplant

Flower colour






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This is tender plant from South Africa which can be grown in the greenhouse. It has truly exotic and unforgettable blooms in rich, iridescent orange and midnight blue. These flowers conjure up the image of its common name, bird of paradise. The leaves are large and oblong to lance-shaped, similar to the leaves of a banana plant. This dwarf variety is available as seed, which should be soaked for three days and sown in heat in spring. Plants can be brought out onto the patio in summer in very warm, sheltered areas.

Family: Strelitziaceae

Genus: Strelitzia

Species: reginae

Cultivar: Dwarf

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

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Hi garden lovers, i have 3 of these great plants which i have grown from seed about 5 years ago, this year i had my first flower, i was so very pleased, it took a long time but well worth the wait.


I would like to know more about the care and maintenance of the
Bird of Paradise plant, because at the moment I know absolutely
nothing about them, I have inherited this plant ( rescued ) from my
Thank you,


Very good!


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Hi Gary,
There are several things you need to know to ensure that this plant thrives, as I have discovered:

1)Keep the plant indoors in a pot by a window away from the radiator. Even a coldish June night in the UK (by which I mean less than 10 degrees celsius with a nice northerly breeze) can cause damage to the leaves.

2) Keep the plant in the sun as much as possible. By a south-facing patio door is ideal, or if you're lucky to have one, a conservatory. The brighter and hotter the sun on them the better. They don't come from S. Africa for nothing!

3) Water very sparingly between November and February. Let the soil dry right out before you water. The roots don't like to be wet so make sure the pot you put it in has good drainage (sand/gravel mix, with John Innes No.2 compost is good).

4) Don't plant it in too big a pot. For BoP to flower profusely, they need to be slightly pot-bound. From mid-Feb to mid-July (the growing season) feed it every 2 weeks with a liquid fertiliser like Phostrogen or Tomorite. The plant will grow new leaves and flower spikes. They can be slow to flower if they're in too big a pot.

And lastly remove any dead leaves/ flower spikes when they're brown.
I hope this helps - when they're in flower they are truly stunning, and I think the most beautiful flower in the world.

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