Basic Care for Birds of Paradise: How to Grow Exotic Flowers and Tropical Plants
As a child, I grew up around different types of plants and flowers. There is one plant that was so common to me that I never really gave it much attention. The Bird of Paradise grew in vacant lots and almost everywhere where I grew up. Little did I know that many people around the world have not seen it!
A brief description
The plant is aptly named because of its shape. Scientifically known as the Strelitzia reginae this species is the most common of its kind. It’s curious to know that this flower was named in honor of Charlotte of Meckleburg, Strelitz a German princess and botanist.
The Bird of Paradise grows almost everywhere. But it originally came from South Africa. Its ability to adapt to different soil conditions and climate make it easy to plant and care for. Today, this exotic flowering plant can be seen even in South California.
Typically, this tropical plant grows up to 4 feet in height. However some species like the Strelizia nicolai is known to reach heights of 10 meters. The bird of paradise offers a spectacular show of flowers. Usually the blossoms have vibrant shades of yellow, orange and purple.
Another curious tidbit is that these exotic flowers are a distant cousin of bananas. Yes, you heard it right, bananas.
As an ornamental plant, this exotic flower offers a tropical touch. This is why many pool sides are adorned with this plant. Another advantage of using birds of paradise is that its leaves do not fall off like other plants.
Caring for the plant
Care for this exotic flowering plant is practically easy. In fact, it is adaptable and can survive in many soil types. Adding fertilizer is always a good idea to keep them strong and healthy. But the best of course is organic fertilizer.
These plants are low maintenance and grow typically slow. As such, there is no worry of overgrowth. Although regular pruning is needed to keep the plant healthy, it can survive with minimal attention.
It is a good idea to separate new growth and replant them. This way they have more room to grow and avoid competition for nutrients. This is the most common way of propagating these plants.
Like many tropical plants they need adequate sunlight. However it is best to place them in partially covered areas. This prevents them from drying out. As for moisture, they are resilient in the face of low humidity. But occasional watering is needed. Just keep the soil moist and they will survive.
The Birds of Paradise truly provide a unique flare to any decoration indoor or otherwise, commercial or private. Regardless of how you use this exotic plant, it will truly accentuate any space. The ease of caring for this tropical flower makes it a popular choice in many areas. No wonder more and more people are beginning to choose them over other plants.
What other exotic or tropical flowers do you like?
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