STRELITZIA reginae Yellow 'Mandela's Gold'

Bird of Paradise

SKU: ES 83
Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Strelitziaceae
Characteristics: Clump forming shrub 1-2 m

Seed per packet: 5
Sold by seed count

$12.00 AUD Excl. GST

Yellow Bird of Paradise is a rare form of the commonly occurring orange variety. Commercially referred to as "Mandela's Gold" it was named the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who later became President of South Africa.

A bold structural plant which forms large evergreen clumps of stiff leaves growing up from the base. The grey-green banana-like leaves grow about 1.2 metres in height and the flowers stand above the foliage at the tips of long stalks.

Mature plants produce many flowers with flowers occurring in autumn, winter and spring.

Strelitzia reginae is an easy plant to grow in the garden. Plants do well in full sun to semi-shade.

Originates from South Africa.

Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in a protected partially shaded position, drought and frost tender.

Seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn avoiding the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 25°C for this species.

Strelitzia is easy to grow from seed if follow these notes.

Seeds develop a hard coat that prevents germination.

  1. Nick seed with a sharp knife or abrade with coarse sandpaper.
  2. Soak seed 24 hours in warm water and remove the bright orange hairs attached to one end.
  3. Sow seed 1cm deep.
  4. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  5. Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out.
  6. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  7. Germination generally occurs in around 4-8 weeks @ 25°C.

Note: Some research has shown it may also be beneficial to place the seed in a plastic bag and place it in the refrigerator for two weeks prior to the process note.

Please note:

  • Please do not be too hasty to discard seeds that do not germinate; seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural germination requirements.
  • As with all seeds, they must have adequate water to germinate, keep them moist but not too wet.
  • These growth notes are provided as guidance only and do not guarantee successful germination.
  • The customer should do their due diligence that they are suited to their region.

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