Birds Of Paradise - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, CA
Question by dhauser
May 17, 2001
How do you grow "Birds of Paradise" in the Northwest? Is it possible? Help! I cannot find any information on this?


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Answer from NGA
May 17, 2001

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Commonly grown outdoors in mild-winter climates, Bird-of-Paradise can be grown indoors during the winter months, and taken outdoors in the summer to brighten a deck or patio or entryway. Strelitzia (Bird-of-Paradise) requires average household warmth (but keep at 55F-60F in the winter), bright light but shade from hot afternoon sun, regular water during the growing season (allowing the soil to dry out between waterings), and very little water in the winter. Mist the leaves occasionally during periods of active growth. Strelitzia takes a bit of patience - new plants take 4-6 years before flowering starts.

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