Strelitzia Reginae - 25 seeds
“Bird of Paradise”
Sowing temp: 25+C
Preparation: Soak seeds in warm water 24 hours. Drain. Remove any stringy orange tufts. Gently nick each seed with a knife or nail file.
Sowing: 10-25mm deep. Cover with a pain of glass.
Care: Move into a warm spot >26C, in indirect light. Keep soil moist but not wet until sprouts appear (approx 8 weeks).
Sprouting: 6-25 days.
Position: Move into 15cm pots when they have 2-3 leaves. Place in indirect light & keep soil moist.
Easy to grow by seed or division, this an evergreen, perennial, flowering plant is native to South America and grows to 2 m tall.
It is slow-growing and will not usually flower until three to five years after germination, and only when properly established. Division of the plant may affect flowering patterns. The flowers are, however, quite long-lasting once they appear. Most of the flowers appear in winter and early spring. The flowers stand above the greenery at the tips of long stalks with a hard, beak-like sheath giving it the appearance of a bird's head and beak; and these long stalks make a great perch for the birds which come to pollinate the flowers.
A low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow in the garden. Fairly tolerant of soil conditions, it will thrive in rich loamy soil, especially if it gets plenty of water throughout the year. Once established, it needs only a little water and will flower several times each year if cared for. It will do well in full-sun to semi-shade and should respond well to regular feeding with a controlled release fertiliser and compost. It may also need to be sheltered from frost, as they can be sensitive to temperatures below 10C.
The Chakra Garden cannot take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.
Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant medicinally.
It has been reported that the abakwaMthethwa clan in KwaZulu-Natal use the strained decoctions from the inflorence to treat inflamed glands and venereal diseases. The seeds are also used in the Cape to sour milk. Delphinidin-3-rutinoside (used for colour) has been isolated from the petals and proanthoncyanidin polymers (flavonoids, antioxidants) from the leaves. Strelitzia reginae is widely used in landscaping as an architectural plant and focal point." Information on USES retrieved from PlantZAfrica 21 March 2020
****Please note: these are seeds (we are NOT selling these as live plants. Quarantine restrictions and costs prohibit us from selling these seeds to WA, Tas, and Internationally.