'Bird of Paradise' adds beauty to gardens with ornamental flowers, leaves
Bird of Paradise is an ornamental plant native to South Africa. The plant got its name from the shape of its flower that resembles a bird with orange wings. Both leaves and flowers are used for decoration. The plant that belongs to ginger plant family grows well in Kerala.
The sprouts emerging from the bottom of the mother plant can be used as planting material. The sprouts should be planted in holes that have 60 centimetres of length, width and depth. Loam soil is ideal for Bird of Paradise. Places where sunlight is available can be chosen for planting.
Fill three fourth of the holes with topsoil, 1 kilogram of cow dung powder and 250 grams of bone manure. While planting in flowerpots, use potting mixture with equal quantity of soil, sand and cow dung powder. Mulching is good for protecting the bottom of the plant from direct sunlight.
The plants bloom according to the temperature. Though they normally bloom within one year of planting, blooming is delayed when temperature is more than 27 degree Celsius during daytime.
The soil should be moist all the time, but forming water puddle can affect the plant growth. Compost can be applied once in a month as fertilizer. After the plant blooms, applying 10 grams of NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) along with water is good.
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