Please help, two days ago I just planted two bird of paradise plants in a section of my yard that butts up next to my pool apron.  

Growing tips, What type of fertilizer do I need to use and what is the general care for this type of plant?

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The Bird of Paradise, is the name of a genus of plant known as Strelitzia. Strelitzia a tropical plant with spectacular flowers reminiscent of an exotic bird. Plumage is another word used to describe Strelitzia as the flowers resemble a bird’s beak with spiked head plumage. Bird of Paradise is an evergreen plant with leaves similar to the banana plant only much smaller. Nevertheless the leaves can grow to be 30 inches long and the stems of Strelitzia Reginae can be up to 60 inches from ground to base of flower.  This species likes to be grown in a rich soil in sun or partial shade. Good drainage is essential, and a must!

Caring for the Bird of Paradise Plant

  • Keep the soil moist during the growing season, spring through summer.
  • Give the plant as much sunshine as possible.
  • Keep the plant at 50 degrees or above, i.e. indoor temperatures.
  • Prune the plant regularly keeping a wary eye for suckers.
  • After the first bloom the mature plant can be divided to increase the stock. However; the new plants will not bloom for a few years afterward.
  • Potted plants require a good general fertilizer every year.

Have fun, it is a very beautiful plant!   -Birdy


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