Bird of Paradise – Strelitzia reginae
Strelitzia reginae ‘Bird of Paradise’ Various sizes
Hardy, evergreen, clumping perennial with long bluish tinged leaves. Produces unusually shaped orange and purple flowers resembling an exotic bird, mainly in spring and summer. Use in tropical gardens, general landscaping, in pots on the verandah or in the courtyard. Low water requirements once established. Occasional watering during the hot and dry spells will keep the plant healthy.
*Offshoot can be removed from the base of the plant at any time of the year to keep the plant to the desired size.
Position: Full Sun to part shade
Height: 1.5- 2m
Planted into large pots/containers
Make sure to prepare the soil prior to planting. Mixing in a bag of well-aged animal manure or compost can help to conditions and revitalise tired soil. Make sure to blend with pre-existing soil, mixing together thoroughly. Once the soil has been prepare, dig a hole which is wider, but not deeper, than what the original size of the pot the plant has come in. Position the plant in the hole and backfill any gaps with the excess soil. Give the plant a deep soaking of water to help settle the roots.
If planting into a pot make sure that the container chosen is large enough for the plant being planted. Never pot a plant into a container which is too small. Use a premium quality potting mix as this has all the added fertilisers and wetting agents required for having a healthy plant.