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Est. 1980. Please have a look at all the different varieties we produce, not all are commercially available at this time. We hope that these pages will enlighten you about the beautiful Strelitziaceae family and the products we produce.
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Strelitzia Reginae
Crane Flower, Geelpie Sang or Bird Of 
                                Paradise

Strelitzia Reginae
Photo: Steve Sayers

Strelitzia Reginae: is the most common Strelitzia planted, with the well known orange petals and the blue tongue. The genus Strelitzia was named in honour of the Queen Sophie Charlotte of Mecklenburg of Strelitz in Germany, wife of King George III of England. In 1773 Sir Joseph Banks,then  the director of Kew Gardens, named this exotic plant the "Bird of Paradise" plant, Strelitzia Reginae in honour of his queen.

White petal reginae

Here is the white petal reginae. They are trying to tissue culture them without any results at this time. I have a friend that has a clump about 20 years old. They should be available in about 4-5 years.

Our strelitzia range

To check out our range of Strelitziae and to find out more information about each species, click on the links below to be taken to that particular genus' page:

Strelitzia Reginae

Strelitzia Reginae Miniature

Strelitzia Dwarf

Strelitzia Alba

Strelitzia Nicolai

Strelitzia Juncea

Strelitzia Caudata

Strelitzia Mandela Gold

Strelitzia Parvifolia


 

White strelitzia

Reginae with the white petal.

They have just discovered the same plant in South Africa growing wild. The reason for the white petal is that it grows in dark vegetation along river banks, and needs the white to attract the birds.

Plant availability: Plenty of stock at this time (not the white reginae).

Strelitzia Reginae:This South African genus is a member of the Musaceae family. An evergreen perennial that will reach 1.5m—2m in most situations. It is grown for its spectacular flowers and are used all over the world for cut flowers.

Origin: South Africa, Eastern Cape of Good Hope, and Northern Natal.

Location: Reginae grows with other plants along riverbanks, coastal bush and clearings. They do not like heavy frosts. They like a mild climate with evenly distributed rain during the year.

Flowering: The orange petals and blue flowers on long stems will bloom most of the year. The warmer the climate, the longer period they will bloom.

Cultivation: The soil should be kept moist during the growing season. Plants that are planted in the ground will require a good fertiliser with a balanced high nitrogen base and, where possible, trace elements are beneficial. Water well in summer, less in winter. To fertilise pots, give a slow release fertiliser.

Culture:Strelitzia Reginae needs full sun to light shade with warm temperatures, when planted in pots keep them crowded for the best amount of blooms. In very cold climates it is better to grow them in pots that could be moved indoors when freezing temperatures are expected.

Propagation: Strelitzia are propagated by division or by seed. Seed is very erratic and may take up to 2 years to germinate (commercially, it only takes a few weeks). The plant is ornithophilous, which requires nectar-eating birds to pollinate its flowers. Each flower has male and female organs, but are not receptive to each other. In the wild the Sun Bird, which is native to South Africa, pollinates the flowers. Pollination occurs when the bird rests on the blue petals to sip the nectar. This in turn causes the blue petals to open, which coats the bird's feet and breast with pollen, which is deposited on the sticky part of the next Strelitzia flower they touch. The seed pods develop over the next six months and produce a pod with three sections of black seeds with bright orange arils.

Strelitzia Reginae

Strelitzia Reginae at the nursery

Young Strelitzia 
                                Reginae
Strelitzia reginae 200mm pots ready for Melbourne
Reginae seed pods 
                                developing
Reginae seed pods developing
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430mm pots
430mm pots
100 litre also 
                                available
100 litre also available
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Young 250mm Reginae
250mm ready for shipment. Fertilised, labelled and ready for Melbourne
Young 200mm Reginae
Young 200mm Reginae

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