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Subtropical / Giant White Bird of Paradise Flower (Strelitzia nicolai)

Giant White Bird of Paradise Flower (Strelitzia nicolai)
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A beautiful species from South Africa to grow in a tub, at a minimum temperature of 0 degC. The species produces white flowers with a light blue bract.

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2 days

€ 3,00
Price per 5 seeds


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Common name:
Giant white bird of paradise flower

South Africa

Minimum temperature:
0 degrees Celcius

The giant white bird of paradise flower can reach a height of 10 meters in nature, and is therefore much bigger than the regular orange bird of paradise flower (S. reginae). The species produces white flowers with a light blue bract. The plant can also be grown in temperate climates: In a tub the plant reaches a maximum height of 3 meters, and is therefore suitable to grow indoors or on the terrace during summer. The minimum temperature of the species is 0 degC. The plant grows fast, and prefers a sunny stand. The beautiful leaves are arranged like a fan, similar to the travelers tree (R. madagascariensis).

Sowing description:
Remove the orange fluff from the seeds to prevent fungal growth. Soak the seeds for 24-48 hours in lukewarm water and sow the seeds in sowing mix. Keep the soil constantly moist, cover with plastic foil/glass, and let the seeds germinate at a temperature of 25 degC. Germination may take a few weeks or months.

Sowing time:
Whole year

Level of difficulty:

Photo 1: Eric in SF (CCA-3.0 Wikipedia)
Photo 2: Forest en Kim Starr (CCA-3.0 Wikipedia)

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Anouk van Leeuwen - 28-06-2020 12:24

Op 3-6 heb ik deze zaden gezaaid en vandaag (nog geen maand later) komen de eerste 2 boven! Ik heb ze in plastic kweekpotten gezaaid, plastic zakje met elastiekje erover en ze staan in de vensterbank in de warme middagzon.

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