My name is Cat.   I've been in the horticulture field professionally for over 35 years and at the House By for 20 of those years.  I spend my free time cooking, gardening, cycling, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, you name it with my Grandchildren...love working with my customers at the House By and have alway found joy working with plants of all types.

Bird of Paradise

Growing Bird of Paradise Plants from Seed

Bird of Paradise seeds must be sown while they are fresh, so plant them as soon as possible after harvesting
Soak your seeds in room temperature water for 3-4 days prior to planting (Be sure to change the water daily!)
Plant the seeds about an inch deep and keep the potting mix moist and very warm (about 85° F.) 
It doesn't matter which side of the seed is "up". 
Germination can take anywhere from one month to a year,
depending on the soil temperature and freshness of the seeds, so be patient.
Bird of Paradise plants grown from seed can take seven years before producing their first bloom!


Dividing Bird of Paradise Plants

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  • Dividing your Bird of Paradise will be easy once you have removed it from the pot
    The roots are very thick and fleshy, so be careful, but don't be nervous, these plants are pretty tough. 
    Try to separate (unravel?) the roots coming from each division, 
    then carefully cut between the two plant sections with a CLEAN, sharp knife. 
    It is a good idea to dust the fresh cuts with a rooting hormone, such as 'Roottone'. 
    Cut off any of the roots that may have been badly damaged during the operation. 
    Repot each section in a sterile pot, using a good commercial potting soil. 
    Keep in mind that Bird of Paradise plants bloom best when they are rootbound, so keep the new pot size as small as is feasible. 
    Do not water the plants for 2-3 days to give the cuts a chance to 'callous' over before resuming moderate watering
    Give your Bird of Paradise a shot of all purpose fertilizer next spring, and watch them grow! Your Strelitzias should be blooming again in the following year.

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