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Red Bird Of Paradise
Characteristics: Shrub to 3 m
Seeds per packets: 5
Striking ornamental plant that is widely grown in domestic and public gardens with beautiful inflorescence in yellow, red and orange.
Can be pruned and grown as a hedgerow. Fast growing.
Native to Barbados and the national flower.
Prefers a humus rich soil in a protected partially shaded position, drought and frost tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-25°C.
Seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.