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* Birds of Paradise *

Posted by brysonprice Zone 8 (Dallas, TX) ( on
Sun, Apr 12, 09 at 15:38

I've heard people saying that birds of paradise MUST have fertilizer. What kind of fertilizer is best? Also, I live in Texas so it gets really hot during the summer. Does this effect the growth?

Are my plants were off to a good start? Here are some pictures. I started these plants from seed almost a year ago:


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RE: * Birds of Paradise *

dynamite as the 18-18-18 would do good, maybe add a bit of micronized iron to the soil too. They love the heat, that will help them grow quickly.they get HUGE thick roots and can easilly push themselves out of a pot. They look good for seedlings, you have quite sometime before blooming though

RE: * Birds of Paradise *

They will do just well with the heat, as long as you get them enough water.
I dont think they NEED fertilization as a matter of life or death, in fact, they will survive in poor soil, but dont expect them to be very happy.
Good luck.

RE: * Birds of Paradise *

thanks for the replies : )

How big of a pot will I eventually need for these plants?

RE: * Birds of Paradise *

They seem to be in a larger than necessary/desired pot for their young age. Seems to be more soil space than root mass. Not positive, but don't they prefer to be potbound?
Ultimate size pot would depend on whether they are standard-sized orange, dwarf orange, or white 'birds'. Best to consult a horticultural professional at a garden center, or your county extension service staff.

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