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Butler County

Bird of Paradise

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This fabulous and flashy tropical plant brings a bit of pizazz into almost any house hold. The bird of paradise is a native of South Africa where it grows as a perennial. It gets its name from the blooms that resemble a bird in flight, an origami crane or the head of the crowned crane hence it’s another nickname the crane flower.  The leaves on the bird of paradise are paddle shaped and should be cleaned periodically with a damp cloth to keep them dust free. This tropical houseplant craves heat and grows best at temperatures over 50 degrees F. Bird of paradise can grow 4’ to 6’ tall and wide. A prolific bloomer, a healthy and mature plant may produce 30 plus blooms in a year however younger plants most likely won’t bloom for a couple years. Outdoors provide bird of paradise with full sun and indoors provide it with as much light as possible. Let the soil dry out between waterings and provide as much humidity as you can. This is a plant that likes to be crowded so it’s ok to skip transplanting yearly and let the stems multiply so it’s full in the pot. Fertilize as you would any other tropical plant.

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Phone: (316) 321-9660

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