How to grow strelitzia from seed

Updated February 21, 2017

Strelitzia reginae is a tropical plant that is more commonly called bird of paradise. The plant has long green leaves and a flower that is orange, yellow or red and resembles the head of a bird. The seed of the plant is contained in the centre of the flower and has a tuft of hairlike material on top of it. If desired, you can grow the Strelitzia reginae plant from seed, although the process takes approximately three years until flower production.

Examine the strelitzia seeds and pull off the orange tuft of hair from top of each one using your fingers.

Fill a bucket with 1 qt. of water and add .56.7gr. of a plant growth regulator called ethephon. Mix the solution up well and place the strelitzia seeds into it. Allow the seeds to soak for 48 hours. Plant growth regulator is available at garden centres.

Fill a segmented seed tray half full of an all-purpose potting soil. Pour the seed mixture through a strainer to remove the seeds from the water solution and then place one seed in each tray compartment. Add another 1/4 inch of soil to the top of the seeds until they are covered.

Water the tray until it comes out of bottom and the soil is saturated.

Set the tray in a location that has a temperature of at least 25 degrees Celsius. The strelitzia seeds will germinate in approximately four weeks.

Transplant the strelitzia seeds outdoors when they have at least two to three sets of leaves.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Plant growth regulator
  • Strainer
  • Seed tray
  • All-purpose potting soil
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