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Bird of Paradise


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From:Date:Zone:
Sue 14-Aug-02 03:18 PM EST 3a   
Dave24-Aug-02 03:49 PM EST 5a   
Barbara25-Aug-02 10:50 AM EST 2b   
Dave25-Aug-02 08:17 PM EST 5a   
Sue26-Aug-02 01:41 PM EST 3a   
Dave26-Aug-02 08:26 PM EST 5a   
Gerald Burke28-Aug-02 05:50 PM EST 9   
Sue29-Aug-02 11:20 AM EST 3a   
Gerald Burke29-Aug-02 02:46 PM EST 9   
Debbie Buck30-Apr-03 02:21 PM EST   


Subject: Bird of Paradise
From: Sue
Zone: 3a
Date: 14-Aug-02 03:18 PM EST

I have started the Bird of Paradise from seeds about 13 years ago. I keep it indoor during the winter and take it outdoor every summer. I've been waiting for it to bloom. Any sugestions?


Subject: RE: Bird of Paradise
From: Dave
Zone: 5a
Date: 24-Aug-02 03:49 PM EST

Sue, Is it an Orange or White Bird of Paradise? How many growths does your plant have? I have a friend who has an orange one that has a dozen flowers every summer in the Toronto area. It is about 3 feet tall and has about 12 growths or fans. He keeps it in a cool sun porch over winter and outside for the summer in bright sun. Have seen white ones ten feet tall and no blooms. I will talk to my friend and see what else he does to get his orange one to bloom so reliably year after year. His was also started from seed.


Subject: RE: Bird of Paradise
From: Barbara
Zone: 2b
Date: 25-Aug-02 10:50 AM EST

Over 25 years ago, I brought my mother a Bird of Paradise plant from Maui. It was tiny, but healthy. Every winter she kept it in her heated front porch - fairly cool. In the summer she brought it outside and placed it on her south facing patio. It never got more than 3 feet tall, but it bloomed faithfully. It was orange and it was gorgeous. I wonder if the pot size had anything to do with the height? I never asked her if she had any secrets for making it bloom and now, unfortunately, she has Alzheimer's and can't tell me. My mom was a wonderful resource for gardening hints and secrets. I miss her advice.


Subject: RE: Bird of Paradise
From: Dave
Zone: 5a
Date: 25-Aug-02 08:17 PM EST

Barbara

I have seen the Orange variety in a number of greenhouses. They never seem to get any taller than three feet. The cool winter may push it into flowering as long as the plant is mature.


Subject: RE: Bird of Paradise
From: Sue
Zone: 3a
Date: 26-Aug-02 01:41 PM EST

Dave I have two plants in one container and they both were started from seeds. One plant has four growths and I wonder if I can divide them. The other one has only one growth. They are about 3 feet tall and I presumed they'll have orange flowers. I put them out in full sun and the old leaves just turned brown and the new leaves kept sprouting. Did your friend re-pot his plant every time when it was root-bound? I am afraid to re-pot mine because their roots are very thick and it is like digging a tree. Thanks for your advice.


Subject: RE: Bird of Paradise
From: Dave
Zone: 5a
Date: 26-Aug-02 08:26 PM EST

Sue I think he repots after flowering. Give me a few days to check with him for sure and I will write back to you. He has two pots with about a dozen growths in each.I tend to think they are probably root bound. If I visit him in early summer he always has blooms. Very exotic. Dave


Subject: RE: Bird of Paradise
From: Gerald Burke
Zone: 9
Date: 28-Aug-02 05:50 PM EST

Bird of paradise is an outdoor plant here in Southern California so we don't have to bring it in or worry about frost. Some thoughts on the bird: The lower growing one with the ornage nd blue birds is reginae, and it's the most popular. The tall one, with blue and cream colored blooms is nicolai, and it prefers a little less heat and plenty of moisture. I does well in the San Diego area. In a container, reginiae needs to be crowded, and does better as it gets older up until the time it breaks out of the container. Nicolai is a little too big for most containers but I have seen it in some big 4x4 foot containers. Both will tolerate some frost but not freezing temperatures.

Gerald Burke Gardening From Southern California


Subject: RE: Bird of Paradise
From: Sue
Zone: 3a
Date: 29-Aug-02 11:20 AM EST

Gerald: Do you know how long does it take for the orange Bird of Paradise to bloom? I have mine for 13 years and still has no blooms. It just keeps growing bushier every year and I'm scratching my head on why there's no flowers. Any suggestion will be appreciated.


Subject: RE: Bird of Paradise
From: Gerald Burke
Zone: 9
Date: 29-Aug-02 02:46 PM EST

Sue:

From seed it takes Bird of Paradise Reginiae about seven years to bloom. A small started plant should be blooming long before 13 years.

Does it get enough sun? It will take sun all day long. Does it seem happy looking? Do you fertilize from time to time with a balanced fertilizer? Two to three times a year is enough.

What size container is it in? It should have a container at least 15 inches diameter and about the same or more in depth.

I've seen some in conainers that size in the eastern part of the states that bloom well, and have been in the container for many yers. Remember they like to be crowded.

Gerald Burke Gardening From Southern California


Subject: RE: Bird of Paradise
From: Debbie Buck
Zone:
Date: 30-Apr-03 02:21 PM EST

I started a bird of paradise from seed approximately seven years ago. It has never bloomed. I live in Nova Scotia and it only gets put outside during the summer months and overwinters in the house, in a sunny window. Any suggestions on how I can get it to flower??


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