Tropicals: My Strelitzias

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

I really like Strelitzias, and have grown them from seeds. Today I replanted all of them and put to my new plant-shelves. :)

This the smallest one at the moment - Strelitzia parvifolia.

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Hamilton, Canada

Nice looking plant Evert!!

Biloxi, MS(Zone 8b)

Mine is starting to bloom again....it starts blooming now and continues throught the winter.

Hamilton, Canada

Glory how lucky you are! What color are your's? I've only seen the orangy type, but as cut flowers.

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

:)

This is the biggest one, not sure which it is, it is one of them which I started first. It can be S. nicolai or S. reginae. I put it to a new pot, I think it looks kinda nice in it.

I was pretty surprised when looking at the roots of all my "birds". They were huge :} I didn't think they were so big already.

Another pic: http://davesgarden.com/journal/viewentry/20400/index.html

This message was edited Saturday, Sep 21st 12:57 PM

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Biloxi, MS(Zone 8b)

Joyce mine is the orange one.

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Hamilton, Canada

Oh my goodness! Its wonderful. I saw somewhere that there is a white variety...have you seen one of those?

Biloxi, MS(Zone 8b)

Yes, here is a picture of the white one...took this picture while I was in San Diego.

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Hamilton, Canada

They are both beauties. I bought one back in July at a half price sale and paid $9.99 for it. The plant was about 8 inches tall. I see that they don't flower until they are at least 5 feet tall or so. The florist shop around the corner from me brought one in back in May. Its now over 5 feet and still has a ways to go before it blooms. They wanted $60 for it...can you imagine paying that for a plant!

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

S. nicolai and S. augusta are white/black flowered species. They both grow big. I have tosn of seeds from those, my friend in Israel sent them to me.

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

This one is pretty rare one - Narrow Leaved Strelitzia - S. juncea. (aka S. reginae var. juncea).

The leaves aren't like ordinary Strelitzia leaves. And when the plant gets older the leaves are just like green spikes. :D

It was hard to get a pic of it, sorry for the bad quality..

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Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

Leaf close-up

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Hamilton, Canada

Evert can you find a picture of what the flower looks like for your variety? Thanks, I would like to see it.

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

Parviflora and juncea have same looking orange-bluish flowers than reginae. They are just a bit smaller I think.

This is what http://banana-tree.com tells about narrow leaved one:

STRELITZIA parvifolia juncea - A Bird of Paradise species that begins its early growth by looking like S. reginae but instead grows into many long spear shaped stalks in a reed-like manner and in clumping form surrounding the flowering "Birds". This uncommon variety is in great demand. Because of seed scarcity we can ship seeds only as they become available

So, juncea has third synonyme too, S. parvifolia juncea.

*sigh*

This message was edited Sunday, Sep 22nd 9:05 AM

Hamilton, Canada

Evert did you nick your seeds to get them to germinate? Mine never sprouted even on bottom heat.

Helsinki, Finland(Zone 4b)

Yes I did, and then soaked for 2 days (changed water a few times). I can send you some S. nicolai seeds if you want to try them...

Hamilton, Canada

Now see that's what the problem was. I didn't know you had to nick and then soak...sure would like to try them again. Are you looking for something in particular?..email me.

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