Bird of Paradise is a popular, virtually problem-free perennial for container or landscape growing. The flowers bloom over an extended period and are long-lasting. The Bird of Paradise is a member of the banana family (Musaceae) and comes from South Africa. Scientific name: Strelitizia spp.
Bird of Paradise culture is similar to that of Traveler's Trees. For the first year or so, grow your Bird of Paradise in a pot away from full sun. After it grows larger, plant it in its final position in full sun, part sun, or light shade. Protect it from freezing and frost.
Average mature height: 12-15 feet
Fertilizer: Frequent fertilization during the growing season
Light: Full to part sun
Pest control: Watch for scale and mealy bugs
Soil: Can adapt to any well-drained soil but prefers moist, loamy soil. Birds of Paradise are drought tolerant once they are established.
Zones: Perennial zone 10-11
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