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Paradijsvogelbloem Zaden (Strelitzia reginae)

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Paradijsvogelbloem Zaden (Strelitzia reginae)

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De paradijsvogelbloem of vogelkopbloem (Strelitzia reginae) is een fors, tot 2 m hoog, overblijvend kruid. De bladsteel is tot 1,2 m lang. De bladeren lijken op die van de banaan en groeien in twee rijen. De bladschijf

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Paradijsvogelbloem Zaden (Strelitzia reginae)

Prijs voor een pakket van 3 zaden.

De paradijsvogelbloem of vogelkopbloem (Strelitzia reginae) is een fors, tot 2 m hoog, overblijvend kruid. De bladsteel is tot 1,2 m lang. De bladeren lijken op die van de banaan en groeien in twee rijen. De bladschijf is langwerpig, 20-70 cm x 6-15 cm groot, leerachtig en stijf met een dikke middennerf en vele dunne zijnerven.

De bloemen gaan na elkaar open. De bloeiwijze heeft een bootvormig, 12-26 cm lang, vaak haaks afstaand, grijsgroen en vaak roodgerand schutblad, waar aan de bovenzijde 1-3 oranje en violet gekleurde bloemen uitsteken. De bloem bestaat uit drie vrije, 8-12 cm lange, oranje kroonbladeren en drie violette kroonbladeren, waarvan er twee spiesvormig rond de stijl en de vijf meeldraden zijn gevouwen. Het derde kroonblad is veel kleiner. De vruchten zijn leerachtige, driehokkige doosvruchten met veel zaden met een oranje aanhangsel.

De naam paradijsvogelbloem is gegeven doordat de bonte kleuren doen denken aan paradijsvogels. De bloemen worden in hun oorsprongsgebied ook daadwerkelijk bestoven door vogels (honingzuigers). De paradijsvogelbloem is afkomstig uit Zuid-Afrika. Hij wordt wereldwijd in (subtropische gebieden gekweekt. In België en Nederland kan de paradijsvogelbloem in de gematigde of warme kas worden gekweekt.

Sowing: 

Sow indoors at any time of year.

Before sowing, remove the bright orange tuft of hairs attached to the seed (aril of each seed), the hard seeds can be scarified (nicked or scratched) to decrease germinate. To scarify, soak the seeds in lukewarm water for several hours, and then nick them with a knife or small file. Scarified seeds will germinate in two to three months.

Another way to decrease germination time is to put un-scarified seeds in a plastic bag and place them in a refrigerator at 4°C (40°F) for two weeks. Then scarify and sow them.

Sow in seed trays filled with a well-drained soil medium at a depth of 1.25cm (½”)

Keep at a constant temperature of 25°C (77°F) low temperatures retard germination. Germination takes four to eight weeks.

The soil mix must be kept consistently damp until the seeds germinate. To ensure a moist, humid environment, cover the seed container with a sheet of glass or clear plastic and place it in indirect light.

Seedlings should be a good size before transplanted (two to three leaves) into a well-drained medium. Young strelitzia plants must be grown in shade, for the leaves tend to burn in direct sunlight. Regular repotting allows the young plant to develop rapidly. Restricting the root development of retards growth.

Cultivation: 

Strelitzia nicolai is an easy plant to grow in the garden. Plants do well in full sun to semi-shade, love rich loamy soil and plenty of water throughout the year. They respond well to regular feeding with a slow-release fertilizer and compost. They are very tolerant plants and will thrive in most soils and can survive with very little water once established. They are also wind resistant and grow well in coastal gardens.

Strelitzias are sensitive to cold and in areas with frosts would need a sheltered position. In cold climates, it is better to grow them in pots that could be moved indoors when frosts are expected. As soon as the frosts finish for the winter, you may place the plant outside in a sheltered south-facing the garden. They tend to do well when temperatures do not drop below 10°C (50°F) and do very well in a greenhouse/conservatory.

Tips for growing strelitzia in a temperate climate: 

Overwintering - One of the main points with exotic plants is to avoid frost. Keep in a warm, well-lit area. Stop feeding the plants to allow them to become dormant. Do not overwater in the dormant season/winter. Wet soil is cold soil.

Springtime: - Feed the plant well once growth starts again. Feed regularly throughout the growing season but do not over-feed otherwise your plants will just grow foliage and no flowers.

Flowering: 

From seed, plants given ideal conditions will flower within 3 years. To get a mature flowering plant from seed takes about three to five years.

They usually start to come into flower at Christmas time and sometimes later in the summer months. The flower spikes take a few months to grow full size, but then open gradually, taking a few weeks, to a few months to open up to reveal their famous flowers

Watering: 

The bird of paradise plant should be watered thoroughly but then allowed to dry out almost completely before re-watering. They don’t like to be over-watered, and in the rest period (winter) they should only be watered when the soil is almost completely bone dry. When growing begins in the Spring they should be given phostrogen feed once every two weeks, to encourage new growth.

Feeding: 

During the summer months, Strelitzia requires as much sunlight and ventilation as possible. Feed once a week with a phostrogen feed to help encourage new leaves and flower spikes.

Potting: 

As soon as the roots start to stretch the pot wider, it would then be wise to pot the plant up into the next size pot. They tend to do very well in a loam-based compost with either grit or bark chippings to aid drainage. The optimum pH is 6.5.

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Datasheet

Handgeplukte zaden?
Handgeplukte zaden
Organic Seeds ?
Organic Seeds
Organic/natural ?
Organic/Natural: Yes
Pretreatment of sowing ?
Scarification needed: Yes
Soak in water before sowing: 24-48 h
Stratification needed: Yes