Tropicals forum: My Bird of paradise may be blooming its first flower!

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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Mar 28, 2015 1:16 PM CST
I looked at the new leaf coming out of my orange bird and there's a double set of stalks deep inside the newest growth not sure what this means but i caught it on video on my samson cam. will try to have somebuddy help get the video online. I hope it is a flower! I know the plant has about 10 leaves or so on it. so this could be its first flower
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 30, 2015 3:28 PM CST
I don't think ATP supports videos but I'd love to see photos if you could upload a few here! I love BOP's but have never had any luck with them in pots for some reason ... same with Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) For some reason they don't survive very long when I have them potted. Grumbling
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Mar 30, 2015 6:50 PM CST
Could a mod clear it with me to see if I could post a video. Smiling


As for the BOP its going to bloom, i'm just as surprised as you are, I think this plant was older then it looked when I got it and its really doing well. Its been in my care for under a year, that doesnt mean its only a few years old.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 30, 2015 7:11 PM CST
Happy you are going to see blooms. Here is some info for you that you may be interested in on seeds/propagation. Not sure what zone you are in, but was at my MIL's in Zone 9b today and her S reginae is blooming like crazy. It grows in ground in a fairly protected area on the southwest side of the workroom.

http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantqrs/strelitziareginae.htm
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Mar 30, 2015 7:59 PM CST
I'm in MN zone 4, so the plant cant go outside until in may.


I read in the article that it will flower in responce to stress, Looking back I did repot it a few months ago guess thats what it was. Sad But hopefully it will do well.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 30, 2015 8:06 PM CST
I do hope it does very well for you. Since it is an African plant, I figured that link would give you good growth and care info. Don't forget to feed it in May when it goes outside for the summer. Thumbs up
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 30, 2015 8:08 PM CST

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Plantsmylove, I've sent you a tree mail.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 30, 2015 8:18 PM CST
@Dave will have to answer your question regarding uploading a video. Is there a reason you can't upload photos of your plant?
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Mar 30, 2015 8:53 PM CST
My BOP was in bloom when I bought it in a 5 Gal. pot, but didn't bloom for a couple of years after I planted it in the ground. It may be they just take time to settle in. They do need lots of room, and sun.
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Mar 30, 2015 9:13 PM CST
There are a number of plants that get "resentful" when disturbed. They can take a couple years to forgive being disturbed. Some just sit and show no new growth, others enter a form of dormancy and still others just refuse to bloom.

Crinums, peonies, cordylines, some Irises and Bird of Paradise don't like having their roots disturbed, just to name a few.
Name: Vanessa. Cheshiremon Hickin
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Jan 23, 2016 1:59 AM CST
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Mine too!!!finally.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jan 23, 2016 9:41 AM CST

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Very nice BOP, Vanessa! Making those of us who are very cold this morning a little envious! Whistling
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 23, 2016 10:46 AM CST
Hurray! Congrats Vanessa ... lovely bloom!
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Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Jan 24, 2016 11:41 PM CST
Plantsmylove said: I know the plant has about 10 leaves or so on it. so this could be its first flower


10 leaves? How tall is the plant? Mine has 9. Zone 5b - currently residing in my Living room.
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Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Jan 30, 2016 9:13 PM CST
Mine is in a 20 inch pot and it needs to be either split or repotted VERY bad. But it blooms quite a bit for me so I hesitate to disturb it. It has had 4 or 5 blooms since I took it in the greenhouse in October. Hmmmm.............wish I could divide it and share the divisions. LOL The most it has ever had was around 12 at one time.


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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 30, 2016 9:25 PM CST
Anna, very nice! I say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! I've always heard that they prefer tight roots and yours seems to be very happy. I've never tried growing one as a potted plant; they grow as landscape plants here in Florida and seem to grow in tight clumps.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jan 30, 2016 10:27 PM CST

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@AnnaZ I would have to attribute your BOP's super blooms to good ole dairy cow poop! Gorgeous! Wish I had had room to scoop some up when we were up there!

I have a single bloom right now in one of the hoops. We had to open the hoops as it was 80 this afternoon. I probably would have missed the bloom, otherwise.
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Jan 31, 2016 12:07 AM CST
AnnaZ said:Mine is in a 20 inch pot and it needs to be either split or repotted VERY bad.
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Anna - how old is that plant? I got one this summer at fire sale price and could not resist. It is doing very well in my Living Room behind my chair. It has 8 leaves with a new one coming. ~ 5 feet tall.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Jan 31, 2016 6:14 AM CST
I agree not to repot until it's absolutely necessary. They take some time to get established when moved.
Name: Alice
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ardesia
Jan 31, 2016 7:36 AM CST
Anna, I LOVE your greenhouse. Thumbs up
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