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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Although it is native to South Africa, the Bird-Of Paradise plant is practically emblematic of coastal Southern California, and is the official city flower of Los Angeles. In frost-free areas, it is easy to grow both in the ground and in containers, and blooms best when fertilized regularly. In areas where frosts occur, it needs frost protection, for although it will withstand occasional mild frosts, it is slow to recover from strong or repeated frosts.

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No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Protect

    Protect form frost and cold winds.
    February
    1. Protect

    Protect form frost and cold winds.
    March
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    6. Transplant

    Established clumps may be divided and moved when weather warms in spring.
    7. Propagate

    Large clumps may be divided, but plants bloom better when crowded and left undisturbed.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Transplant

    Established clumps may be divided and moved when weather warms in spring.
    5. Propagate

    Large clumps may be divided, but plants bloom better when crowded and left undisturbed.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.
    2. Sow Seeds

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    October
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    November
    1. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    2. Protect

    Protect form frost and cold winds.
    December
    1. Protect

    Protect form frost and cold winds.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.

    May

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.

    June

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.

    July

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.

    August

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.

    September

    Buy container-grown plants -- 5-gallon plants will look good in the landscape right away, but smaller plants may be slow to establish.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    April

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.

    May

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.

    June

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.

    July

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.

    August

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.

    September

    Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, in a location protected from frost and cold wind. Crowded roots are OK, since plants bloom better when the roots are crowded.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    April

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer.

    June

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer.

    September

    Feed with a balanced fertilizer.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly during dry periods

    March

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    April

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    May

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    June

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    July

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    August

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    September

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    October

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    November

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Mulch to

    April

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    September

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    January

    Protect form frost and cold winds.

    February

    Protect form frost and cold winds.

    November

    Protect form frost and cold winds.

    December

    Protect form frost and cold winds.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    April

    Established clumps may be divided and moved when weather warms in spring.

    May

    Established clumps may be divided and moved when weather warms in spring.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    April

    Large clumps may be divided, but plants bloom better when crowded and left undisturbed.

    May

    Large clumps may be divided, but plants bloom better when crowded and left undisturbed.

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