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Introduction to the Bird of Paradise Flower

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Also known as strelitzia. Tropical flower with a long pointed waxy bloom. Flower bloom is orangish and blooms upward from the flower. If the fan-like blossom is not open when you purchase them, soak the flower head in water for about 20 minutes. Next gently reach into the base of the head and lift out the blossoms into a fan shape. Avoid temperatures below 50 degrees F.

The variety most often found on Hawaii is called the Crane Lily (strelitzia reginae).

The bird of paradise's tendency to produce a lot of nectar can sometimes lead to mold growth on the flower. This mold can be removed easily by washing the flower with plain warm, soapy water and rinsing with clean water.

Cut Bird of paradise flowers should be stored at temperatures above 45 degrees F,

If heliconias or birds of paradise are supplied to you in a closed condition, open one or two flowers by hand from their protective bracts or spathe.

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