Dessert Bird of Paradise.....

gardenlady48(z5 IL)January 5, 2014

I just learned about this plant last night. I live in central Illinois and realize I would need to bring it inside during the fall and winter. Does anyone know where I could purchse this one? TIA

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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Hi
I grow quite a few member of the family but not familiar with that one . Member of the strelitzia family ,Latin name ?? gary

    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 6:11AM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

Could you show us a photo or put up a link to a photo of which one you are interested in? Lots of places sell the common varieties of strelitzia.
There is also a plant called Desert Bird of Paradise but the real name is caesalpinia pulcherrima. It has ferny type of leaves and red and yellow flowers.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 5:27PM
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gardenlady48(z5 IL)

Yes...that is the one i am asking about. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 7:12PM
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gardenlady48(z5 IL)

Yes...that is the one i am asking about. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 7:14PM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

We used to have these in AZ they like lots of heat and somewhat dry soil. They grow like weeds there lol. They are really quite pretty when in full bloom.
They are easy to start from seed as well. You nick the edge seed coat (I like to use fingernail clippers for this) and soak it overnight in hand-hot water prior to planting and they will germinate faster.

Try the link at the bottom of this post for a place to find seeds.
I did have some seeds somewhere but they would be pretty old by now lol. I wonder how long they are good for?

Here is a link that might be useful: caesalpinia pulcherrima seed

    Bookmark   January 9, 2014 at 7:53PM
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gardenlady48(z5 IL)

thank u sultry jasmine night....appreciate u taking the time to educate me. I will check out the link

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 2:15PM
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gardenlady48(z5 IL)

I just ordered my seeds Sultry! Im so excited wish me luck!
Thanks again!!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 2:20PM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

Good luck, hope they germinate well for you. Post pics once you get them going!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2014 at 4:33PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

hi
Will have to remember that name have always known them as dwarf poincianna, good luck gary

    Bookmark   January 11, 2014 at 5:13PM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

Hi Gary :) I wouldn't have known it either except that I grew up in the desert and everyone there just called them either Desert BOP or Mexican BOP they aren't the technically correct names though lol.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 8:19PM
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