Bird Of Paradise Propagation – How To Propagate Birds Of Paradise
Propagating birds of paradise from seeds is one of the most common questions asked by people. There are many ways to propagate birds of paradise from seeds.
Some methods require special conditions or time period while others do not.
So, which method should you choose? Which method will work best for your situation? What are some things to consider before choosing a propagation method?
The first thing to note is that all the methods mentioned here have their advantages and disadvantages. You need to decide what works best for you based on your specific needs.
How To Grow Bird Of Paradise From Seeds:
There are two main types of propagation methods when it comes to growing bird of paradise from seeds: indoor and outdoor methods. Both methods have their pros and cons.
Intermittent Fertilization (IF) Method: This is the easiest way to propagate birds of paradise from seeds. It requires no special conditions or time period.
All you need to do is place a few drops of liquid fertilizer into the soil every month during flowering season (April through September). No other special steps are required.
Long-term Fertilization (LTF) Method: Like the IF method, this method is also very easy to carry out. You just need to apply liquid fertilizer every month (or before that, every 15 days).
The difference between these two methods is that the LTF method requires you to remove spent flowers and seed pods after flowering season has ended. Both spent flowers and seed pods will prevent the plant from setting more seeds. Removing these is important because you want the plant to keep its energy focused on producing more seeds.
Outdoor Propagation Method: This method does not require any special conditions or time period. Just place some bird of paradise flower seeds in a shallow hole (about an inch deep) in a well-draining soil.
Then cover the seeds with a layer of clean grit. After that, water the seeds well and keep the soil moist. Some people prefer to dig a shallow trench and fill it with seeds instead. This method is ideal if you want to spread your bird of paradise plants over a wide area. Just make sure that you dig trenches far enough apart so that the plants do not cross-pollinate with one another (cross-pollination may result in weak seeds or no seeds at all).
Indoor Propagation Method: This method requires you to carry out some pruning right after flowering season. After flowering season ends (September), remove all the stems that do not include any buds or flowers.
Then allow only one stem to grow and prune the rest of the plant (including the roots). Keep this stem potted until February, then transplant it outdoors during February when there is no danger of frost.
What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of These Methods?
IF, LTF, and Outdoor Propagation Methods: These methods are suitable for people who do not want to go through the hassle of caring for their bird of paradise plants during the off-season. Some people also consider these methods a good choice if they want to start growing bird of paradise plants because they are cheap and easy.
The main disadvantage of these methods is that they require a lot more time and effort during the on-season (flowering period) because you need to make sure that your plants are getting enough water and have the nutrients that they need to produce quality blooms.
A lot of people consider the IF method to be a poor choice, since it requires you to spend more (good quality seeds and fertilizers).
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