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Re: Re: Pam--Maxicrop

Thanks Jim - will copy mother on this so she can share it w/ her friend
Marge. I speculated that the plant might need to get a little older to
bloom (like my viburnums). Appreciate the info!

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: james singer
Sent: 5/29/2004 5:24:10 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Pam--Maxicrop

> The orange-flowered bird [Strelitzia reginae, named for Queen Victoria] 
> seems to bloom best in the "cool" season, when well fed, and when 
> crowded. It does not bloom easily when small or young. But I think 
> crowding is the key. Even when planted out, a big clump blooms from the 
> center, not from the periphery. I do not have one of these myself, but 
> we use a lot of them in landscapes--but never in sizes smaller than 7 
> gallon [about the size of your mother's friend's plant]. Occasionally a 
> 7-gallon plant will bloom, but it's not a given.
> The white-flowered bird [S. nicolai, named for Tsar Nicholas] seems to 
> need to reach a certain age to bloom. I do have two of these, only one 
> of which blooms. It blooms all year, and at the moment has about 10 
> flowers, all above the roof line of the house.
> On Friday, May 28, 2004, at 10:36 PM, "" 
> <gardenqueen@academicplanet.com> wrote:
> > Mother's friend Marge (not our Marge) has a 3 foot bird-of-paradise 
> > plant in a pot in her sunroom. It does get to go outside when it's 
> > really warm (July & August up there) then back to the sunroom. It gets 
> > lots of light according to mother but it has never bloomed. Can you 
> > think of anything special she needs to do to it to get it to bloom?
> >
> > TIA
> >
> > Pam Evans
> > Kemp, TX
> > zone 8A
> >
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
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