Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise Flower)
The Strelitzia reginae or Bird of Paradise flower originates from South Africa, but in the meantime the plant has spread to almost all tropical and subtropical areas.
Strelitzia belongs to the family of bananas (Musaceae) and is closely linked. Yet the differences between Musa and Strelitzia are at least as numerous as the similarities. For example, the leaf shape of both plants is about the same, but the leaves of bananas are rather thin and tear easily, while the leaves of the bird of paradise flower are very thick, strong and can not be broken.
Every week the Bird of Paradise flower wants a good splash of water, just make sure that there is no layer of water in the soil. Also regularly spray the leaves so that the leaves stay nice and green. Reduce watering in the winter!
Also in the winter give the plants a place where the temperature does not come below 10 ° C and preferably in a light place. Furthermore, keep the plants fairly dry during this period.
De Paradijvogelbloem likes to have a light and warm place in the full sun in the summer. To prevent evaporation, preferably in a wind-free location. The bird of paradise flowers will thank you on the terrace or balcony with many beautiful flowers. These flowers are not only very beautiful in the garden or terrace, but you can also use them as a cut flower in a vase or to be used in a flower arrangement where they stay fresh for a very long time.
Who does not know the colorful flowers of the bird of paradise flower? It is one of the most exotic flowers that you will encounter as a houseplant or cut flower. They are plants with strikingly shaped and colored flowers that are naturally pollinated by hummingbirds and here we can give a unique atmosphere to the balcony, terrace or garden.
Diseases hardly know the plant. In terms of pests the bird of paradise flower sometimes has to deal with scales. These are hard, brown shields that attach themselves to the bottom of the leaves. You can easily sweep it with the finger of the leaves in case of a small infestation.
The Bird of Paradise flower is a striking appearance with its orange and blue colored flowers and is a jewel for the home or on the terrace.