QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE
1. Light/Sun Exposure - Full to partial shade.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones - Not winter hardy, treat as an annual or grow as a houseplant.
3. Planting Distance - 1 plant per 24 inch or larger container
4. Mature Height/Spread - 3' to 4' tall with a similar spread.
5. Bloom Time - Spring to fall.
6. Planting Instructions - Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the roots of each plant. Form a small mound of dirt in the bottom of each hole and spread the roots of each plant over it so that the crown of the plant will be 1 to 2 inches below the surface of the soil after planting. Refill with soil mixture. Firm the soil around the plant with your fingers. Water thoroughly.
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Planted in containers, this exotic flowering plant blooms all summer long. During the winter months, it should be moved indoors where it adapts very well as a houseplant. The Bird of Paradise gets its name because the flower stalk resembles the neck of a bird with a striking colorful head. These exotic blooms are long-lasting, with several flowers coming from one stalk.
Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office. These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance. See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:
1. Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.
2. To provide nutrients and improve drainage, add organic matter to your soil by mixing in a 2-4 inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.
3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster. Plants in containers need more frequent watering and feeding, especially when in active growth and bloom.
Water - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground. Do not allow plants in containers to dry out. In a container that is exposed to full sun, water well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat. You may wish to temporarily move containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).
Mulching - Apply a 2-4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.
Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with other plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.
Grooming - Clip off unsightly or dead growth to maintain good form and shape.
Feeding - Feed your plants once every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer such as Cottage Farms' Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster.
Winterizing - When you bring your plant indoors for the winter, keep the plant in a location with bright light. Oxalis goes into a semi-dormant period in winter, so water lightly and do not fertilize.
In the spring when temperatures begin to rise, ease the plant into a full watering schedule and move back outdoors for the summer.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.