Bird of Paradise - Full Sun or What?

gardens1948(7VA)May 4, 2005

I have two plants that I bought in Orlando, Florida about three or four years ago. One is what they called a "False Bird of Paradise" and the other is a true "Bird of Paradise", the one with the leathery type leaves. My "False Bird" blooms wonderfully ever year and I put it out in full sun. There were lots of them planted at Disney World out in the hot, hot, full sun so I knew what to do with that one.

My question is, should I put the other one, which is what I assume is a real Bird of Paradise, in full sun or does it require some shade. I got the impression from the lady at the nursery that I shouldn't put it in full sun but it has never bloomed since I've had it. She said that it had bloomed before I bought it and should bloom again for me that year but it didn't. I have been keeping it outside during the summer but under and arbor so it doesn't get much sun. I'm thinking about putting it on my deck this summer, which gets morning to mid day sun.

What do you think?

Thanks for any help you can give me on this.

Ann

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LisaCLV(HI)

I'm not sure what it is they're calling "False Bird of Paradise", but the true Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) does best in full sun.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2005 at 10:05PM
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hibiscusboy(10aCA)

Generally Bird of Paradise grow for five year before blooming. Full sun is fine, so is some shade. If the plant looks healthy, doen't worry about it. It will abapt!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2005 at 10:22PM
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siegel2

Heliconia psittacorum 'Andromeda' or other similar cultivars are sometimes called "False Bird of Paradise".

    Bookmark   May 5, 2005 at 11:53AM
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Heathen1(10a)

Actually, if they look a little burnt, they will bloom the best.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2005 at 11:55AM
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LisaCLV(HI)

That was my first thought too, Gary, but a psittacorum growing and blooming well in zone 7? That part threw me off. And a heli can usually take a little bit more shade than a bird, at least that's been my experience.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2005 at 2:06AM
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gardens1948(7VA)

Thanks all for the information. I think I will go ahead and put them both on my deck (they are in pots and I take them inside for the winter). It gets morning to mid-afternoon sun and then shade.

Ann

    Bookmark   May 6, 2005 at 12:11PM
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hansolou_ou_edu

Does anyone know what the temperature hardiness is?

    Bookmark   August 23, 2006 at 4:43PM
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