Strelitzia


The Strelitzia "bird of paradise" commonly known as the Crane Flower in South Africa.  In it's natural habitat it flowers throughout the Spring and Summer months creating beautiful "bird-like" flowers.  The base of the flower or the sheath is called a "spathe" which is perfect for a Sunbird to sit on and pollinate the plant.  The spathe shoots out 3 to 4 "sepals" which are brilliant orange along with purple-blue and white petals.  The petals open to cover their feet in pollen, truly amazing how nature works!  It can grow to 2m.

Your plant is likely only to flower in the right conditions, given a temperate green house environment or a rich loamy soil in the garden.  The plant however is best kept indoors to protect it from hard cold winters.  The plant will flower usually after 3-5 years since germination.  The optimum flowering period is winter and summer months. 

Watering: Keep soil consistently moist weekly throughout the summer months and mist the leaves often.  Winter keep watering to a little less often.  

Light:  Good level of direct Sun but a bright room is also fine.  Avoid dark spots. 

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