<ul><li>The bird of paradise is a plant with a marvelous combination of distinctive shapes and brilliant colours. The Bird Of Paradise is native to South Africa. It is a tropical herb that is a member of Musaceae or the Banana family. The scientific name is Strelitzia reginae. Its name comes from the spectacular flower shape it resembles a birds beak and head plumage. </li></ul>Bird of paradise
<ul><li>The bird of paradise is a spectacular blossom. Long stemmed flowers emerge from green boat shaped bracts which are bordered in red or purple. The numerous pointed petals of brilliant orange are contrasted with an arrow-shaped tongue of vivid blue. Some species are white and blue. The plant can itself reach up to five feet in height. </li></ul>Characteristics
<ul><li>The Bird of paradise requires a good amount of sunlight. The plant is trunkles, compact and clustering but slow growing with fleshy roots. It has a banana shaped stiff- leathery, concave, bluish gray leaves with a pale red midrib. The leaves are attached to a long stalk that sometimes reaches up to 2 feet in length. </li></ul>The Flower...
<ul><li>The plant should be fertilized according to the growing conditions. Most Bird of Paradise flowers is underfertilized. Overwatering especially in winter will lead to root rot which will spread just above the surface. </li></ul>How to water the flower??
<ul><li>This type of flower is relatively pest free. For practical purposes they have no problems, but occasionally some pest problems may occur. Scale insects can be treated with insecticidal soap or removed with a sponge or soapy water. It is recommended that you take a damp sponge and clean the leave once a month. Nematodes cause problems for the roots of Strelitzia. You may use a clean potting mix or soil when repotting. Keep pots off the ground to prevent nematodes from infecting the potting media from you native soil. </li></ul>Pests affecting the flower
<ul><li>The Bird of Paradise can be propagated by either seeds or division of the crowns. Seeds take considerably longer than division to grow into a blooming plant. The Bird of Paradise seeds have a very hard seed coat. Before planting them you must scarify (break the seed coat). Take a file and scrape the outside of the seeds just enough to break the seed coat. Sow seeds in a propagating mix or make your own mix by using equal parts of sand and potting soil. </li></ul>Seed
<ul><li>WOW! This flower is so awesome. This stunning bloom is even reported to taste very nice. It fails its adoring fans by lacking any marked scent, only making up for this deficiency by being very possibly the most spectacular cut flower to be found at the florist, and it lasts for weeks in the vase. </li></ul>Coclusion
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