Bird of Paradise Shrub Seeds

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About & Species

Bird of Paradise
(Poinciana gilliesii)

The Bird of Paradise shrub is a medium to fast growing ornamental flowering shrub that is native to South America. It is also called the Yellow Bird of Paradise because of its showy yellow flowers that bloom through the warmer months. The Bird of Paradise grows 3 to 12 feet tall depending on the amount of rainfall it receives. It grows well in dry regions and is a heat loving shrub. In the USA, it is known as the Bird of Paradise bush. It is common in Texas and in the Southwestern United States.  

Growth Rate: Medium to fast

Soil Type: Tolerant of wide range of soil conditions. Prefers dry, hot climates.

Zones: 8 to 10

Germination Range: 60-80%

Stratification Requirement: Scarify seeds before planting or soak in warm water several hours before planting.

Indoor Planting: If your seeds require stratification or scarification – do the recommended pretreatment before planting indoors. Planting Instructions: Fill a container with seed starting mix to about ½ inch from the top. Place your seeds 1 inch to 1 ½ inches below the soil surface. Gently water your seeds to keep moist, not soaking wet. Heat & humidity is critical for germination. Germination may occur in 1 week or as long as 3 months (depending on the species). Place the seed container on a heat mat under growing light(s). Keep your growing lights on 14 hours per day. Keep your heat mat on 24 hours per day. Once your seeds germinate, move each seed into its own container under the growing lights and on the heat mat. Keep your seedlings indoors for 2-3 months before transplanting outdoors in the spring (May to June).

Outdoor Planting: If your seeds do not require stratification: the best time to plant tree and shrub seeds outdoors is after the last frost in your area (spring). In the Northern states – the best time to plant seeds outdoors is from May to June. If your seeds require pretreatment: you should plant your seeds outdoors before the ground freezes in your area (late September to early November). Your seeds will naturally stratify during the cold winter. Germination usually occurs in May or during the spring season.