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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

How I Planted The Birds of Paradise

Have you heard about the Birds of Paradise? Maybe you have as this tropical plant has many other names. Some of the names are Heliconia and Strelitzia. I can´t remember where I got this plant as I kept on asking and collecting for some cuttings or seeds from my friends and relatives.

It´s common in my home country to just ask some cuttings or seeds from the people who own beautiful plants. I would have paid for the flowers and plants though, as long as I love the beauty of them.




Birds of Paradise was an easy perennial plants to plant. I had a few of those young plants with roots, which was separated from the adult one. I planted them near the bamboo fence side of my garden. I just planted them in line with the fence. I dug the soil where I intended them  to plant (one by one) as deep as 10 inches, put the cuttings inside and covered the lower part with the soil. I watered them after that everyday. 




The weather in the Philippines is so hot and humid. That´s the weather the Birds of Paradise / Heliconia / Strelitzia like. 



The photos above were taken last 2013, 2 years after I have planted them. They grew so fast to almost 2 meters tall, leaves almost as wide as the banana leaves and have given a lot of new plants that they occupied the bamboo fence. Though Birds of Paradise need less care, my cousin and I had to remove the old brown leaves of this plant every now and then.

If you want to read more about my plants here´s a link.

 http://thelmaalberts.hubpages.com/hub/The-Flowers-In-My-Garden-A-Photo-Gallery 

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7 comments:

  1. I miss seeing the birds of paradise! This flower had been around to our garden before but mother decided to mow them because they substantially spreading.

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    1. What a pity as the birds love this plant. We have pulled off some of them and trimmed some of them as well so it did not look chaotic. Thanks ilagan shy for your nice comment.

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  2. That is why it is called birds of paradise maam Thelma? hhehe. Yes we did that, to trim them but there were snakes kept dwelling under them

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    1. Yikes! I hate snake. We have found one green colored snake hanging on the guava tree near the birds of paradise. Then it was suddenly gun before it was killed. Thanks Shane.

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    2. Oh my! I meaned "gone" not gun. I wanted to edit my comment but I can´t and so this is my correction Shane.

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  3. Very glad to read this. I grow Birds of Paradise in almost similar climate in India and they are the ornament of my garden.
    Thank you for writing this up.

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    1. Wow! You have this beautiful plant, too. That´s great Satyaki Chanda. You are very welcome and I am happy you have stopped by. Thank you.

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