Bird of Paradise Mandela's Gold Houseplant Seeds
10 Bird of Paradise seeds. The Yellow Bird of Paradise, scientifically known as Strelitzia reginae 'Mandela's Gold,' is a captivating variation of the renowned orange Bird of Paradise. This unique cultivar exhibits striking yellow sepals and vibrant blue petals, resembling the plumage of a majestic tropical bird. While sharing similarities with its orange counterpart, the Yellow Bird of Paradise is slightly smaller, reaching a height of about 4 feet. Originating from South Africa, this plant has the potential to form an expansive colony several feet wide, adding a touch of exotic beauty to any landscape. In mild climates, it blesses us with year-round blooms as tall flower stalks emerge above the foliage, showcasing beak-like spathes extending approximately 6 inches in length. The brilliant yellow sepals gracefully beckon birds to perch upon the inviting blue petals, rich with nectar. Notably, the flowers of 'Mandela's Gold' boast impressive longevity, making them an excellent choice for captivating floral arrangements. This particular variety was aptly named in tribute to the esteemed South African leader, Nelson Mandela, reflecting its association with resilience and beauty.
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To germinate Strelitzia seeds, or Bird of Paradise seeds, follow these steps for optimal results. First, prepare the seeds by gently scarifying the hard outer coat to enhance water absorption. Next, soak the seeds in warm water for 24 hours to further soften the coat. Then, sow the seeds on the surface of well-draining potting mix in a seed tray or small pots, ensuring they are not buried. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, and cover the tray or pots with clear plastic to create a humid environment. Place them in a warm location with indirect light. Be patient as germination can take weeks or months. Finally, transplant the seedlings into individual pots once they have developed a few sets of true leaves, and continue providing them with bright, indirect light and proper care.