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Orange Bird of Paradise Strelitzia reginae for Sale Online
Orange Bird of Paradise or Strelitzia reginae is an unusual and popular tropical houseplant that is highly sought after and for a good reason. The flower petals and sepals emerge one at a time from a hard, beak-like bud, and look like a tropical bird's head peering over the foliage.
The symmetrical lines, and chic modern style add a great, lively accent to any decor. With large grey-green banana-like leaves that stay attractive throughout the year, you'll always have a warm, tropical atmosphere in your home or apartment even when the temperature drops outside. Orange Bird of Paradise can be grown as a drought tolerant accent outdoors in the warmer months—and the blooms can be brought in to decorate the home as cut flowers. In northern zones, this plant is often grown as a patio plant during the warmer months and brought indoors during cooler weather.
|Mature Height:||36 to 48 Inches|
|Mature Width:||2 to 2.5 Feet|
|Sunlight:||Bright, direct light to full sun|
|Habit:||Upright, narrow at base|
|Soil Condition:||Well-drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Likes to dry out between watering|
|Uses:||Houseplant for bright spaces|
How to Care for Orange Bird of Paradise
Before you buy an Orange Bird of Paradise, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
What is the best light for Orange Bird of Paradise?
Orange Bird of Paradise prefer to have as much light as possible. Large south facing or western windows provide enough light indoors to keep them happy. Outdoors, they can go in full sun or some light shade.
What is the best soil for Orange Bird of Paradise?
Orange Bird of Paradise needs a very well draining soil, and prefer to have slightly dry conditions. Regular potting mix with compost works well for plants potted in containers. Try to avoid an area with clay soil if planting outdoors to encourage better drainage.
How often do I water Orange Bird of Paradise Plants?
Orange Bird of Paradise like to dry out occasionally between watering. It does not like to stay or sit in water or get too dry. Plants that are watered too often usually get crown or root rot, meaning the plant will die at the soil base, or the roots will die first. This is a good reason to fill a saucer with pea gravel under the pot to allow excess water to completely drain from the pot after each watering. This also helps to raise the humidity level locally around the plant which Orange Bird of Paradise Plants thrives in.
How do I fertilize Orange Bird of Paradise Plants?
Any all purpose fertilizer will work for Orange Bird of Paradise Plants. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble quick release, and granular slow release fertilizers. Jack's Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. All of these fertilizers may be used when planting Orange Bird of Paradise Plants indoors or outdoors.