Potted Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise/ Crane Flower)
*For those who throughly enjoys tropical plants, and relishes the joy and fulfilment of growing a majestic plant from young (and who is definitely ready to have an indoor JUNGLE at home - this plant will grow up to be HUGE) - LOOK NO FURTHER! The Strelitzia, commonly known as the Bird of Paradise Plant, is the spectacular, unmistakable and unchallenged Queen of the houseplant world. One look at it when it's in flower and you know where it got its common name; the flowers look incredibly like the head of a rather exotic crested bird. In fact, it was named after an English Queen; Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744 - 1818), wife of George III! When matured (plus grown in a big enough pot), it can grow up to 2m tall, with large, tough banana like leaves 25–70cm long. They are produced on petioles (stems) up to 1m long. The leaves are evergreen and emerge one at a time, usually in a criss cross pattern placement which ends up making a fan-shaped crown. The flowers are predominately orange with a touch of blue <3 If you want lots of growth from your strelitzia, and eventually, flowers, it's going to need bright light and some sun. Keep immature plants out of direct afternoon sunlight in the meantime, till they get bigger and more mature then slowly introduce them to more direct sunlight. The amount of water needed will depend on where you end up putting your plant. Bird of Paradise plants in brighter, warmer spots are going to need considerably more than those in darker positions. A good rule of thumb is to water after the top of the soil becomes dry. Also, an occasional misting would be helpful to aid in removing the dust that settles on the leaves. If you want flowers or if you are trying to restrict the growth of the plant you'll need to keep it pot-bound. Repotting them into bigger pots yearly will discourage blooms, but on the other hand, your strelitzia will grow monstrously in height and size. Also, to encourage your strelitzia to bloom, besides lots of patience (they'll only produce flowers after 3-5 years), you'll also need to feed the plant once a month ;) Never feed more than recommended though, as this is equivalent to a human overdose and can have equally dire consequences. If the plant doesn't die then the leaf edges can become brown, dry and ugly. We can't stress enough that these plants are truly spectacular, not just in their flowers but also in their eventual size. This would be the perfect specimen plant or when you want just one plant with the "wow" factor for your space. All hail the queen? ;) Pot measures approx 21.5cmA x 20.5cmH Tags: indoor plants, houseplants, office plants, bird of paradise, strelitzia, tropical plants, flowering plants, home decor
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