Bird of Paradise~transplanting?

Old 04-09-06, 11:02 AM
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Bird of Paradise~transplanting?

I have some Bird of Paradise cuttings that I got the other day I found growing wild in the desert. I put them in water will a little Miracle Grow and they seem fine so far. The stems are about 3/8" in diameter and the cuttings are about 18" high.
I would like to transplant onto my property eventually. Should I start them out in pots first or just put them into soil and hope for the best?
Someone told me to wait until they root in the water and them just place them in native soil mixed with manure. Is this OK?
I have bought commercial plants in the past and they have not made the winter here at 5000'. Hopefully these will do better as they are from this area.
Old 04-09-06, 09:24 PM
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You might try rooting the cuttings in potting soil with some rootone. Plant in a loamy soil with good drainage. Bird of Paradise is not cold hardy, and likely won't survive well above zone 9.

Hope this helps.
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i think you should pot it and a quality peat-based potting soil such as Bachman's Exceloam is perfect for this plant.

The soil will need to be kept moist all spring and summer but should be allowed to dry out slightly between watering in the fall and winter.


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