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bird of paradise won't bloom
#26207 July 27th, 2005 at 11:34 AM
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I have had 4 bird of paradise plants in my garden for about 8 years and only one blooms. They are all healthy looking. What can I do? wavey

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#26208 July 27th, 2005 at 08:01 PM
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Hmmm...I don't have one, but found some info on them for you that might help.

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#26209 July 28th, 2005 at 09:58 AM
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Thanks so much for your information. I am going to buy some bone meal and fertilize more often. Lets see what happens. Thanks again.


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#26210 July 31st, 2005 at 03:40 AM
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I used to have Strelitzia plants in my Cape Town garden when I lived there, and I did nothing special to them, they just bloomed in spring every year. Now in Spain I have two large plants in a big pot, they like to be pot bound I believe. I had 3 blooms this year in spring, I feed every week with general fertilizer,in summer and water every other day as it is very hot and dry now. So far so good.
My sister grew 3 plants from seed in UK, indoors, and they bloomed after 10 years!!!! Good luck with yours the blooms are worth the wait.

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#26211 August 5th, 2005 at 05:48 AM
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Much patience and much food, thats the key with strelitzia. And plenty of water while they are leafing.

Unfortunately I live in the UK and mine are still very young, only six years. In a cool summer they will produce only a few leaves even!

If you want to grow strelitzias then make it worth your while and go for the really good ones.

Everyone has had a go at S. reginae, the orange and blue one, get S. nicolai, the giant Strelitzia, it has almost black flower bracts and pure white petals.

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