Look beautiful in your floor vase: strelitzia and palm leaves
The Strelitzia is a colorful eye-catcher, whether as a potted plant on your terrace or as a cut flower, as we are sending it to you this week for your floor vase. In combination with the palm-like leaves of the Cordyline Black Tie, the Strelitzia create a heavenly-exotic combination in your floor vase.
ORIGIN OF STRELITZIEN
Strelitzia also have the beautiful name bird of paradise or parrot flower because of their appearance and belong to the Strelitzia family. Although the magnificent flower in bright orange and blue is very widespread in the Canary Islands and thrives wonderfully, it was not originally native to the islands. Their original home is South Africa. Here you can meet them as meter-high, almost tree-like plants that look splendid, especially during the flowering period.
The Strelitzia has been in culture since at least 1773. At that time, the director of the Botanical Gardens of London Joseph Banks received specimens of a species. In honor of the then British Queen Charlotte, who was born Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the Strelitzia was named after her.
GENUINE CORDYLINE LEAVES
Cordylines grow as single-stemmed, mostly non-branching shrubs or as tree-shaped plants. We combine the leaves of the cordylines with the exotic strelitzia. The leaves grow in a loose rosette. In some species the leaves grow long, narrow and curved downwards. Other Cordyline species grow with shorter and wider leaves that taper at the tips and at the roots.
The Strelitzia is very popular as a cut flower because it can bloom in the vase for up to three weeks. However, there you have to make sure that you give the second and third flowers gentle “obstetrics” by carefully opening the kahnblatt (the “beak” of the bird of paradise). This is where the other flowers are hidden.
It is advisable to remove the dried flowers at the base of the bud. Then carefully slide both thumbs into the green envelope and bring the orange blossoms that are still closed to the light of day. Soon they too will bloom one by one. If this is neglected, the flowers will still rot in the shell.
The stems should be cut with a sharp knife every two to three days, and the water in the vase should be changed regularly.