how can I grow a Red Bird of Paradise from seed?
I have mature plants of what I believe are the Red Birds of Paradise (orange and red blooms with fern-like leaves). I would like to know how to propagate them using the seed pods they produce. Thanks much.
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Bird of Paradise seeds must be sown while they are fresh, so plant them as soon as possible after harvest. Allow the pods to dry on the plant and then break them open to harvest. The pods will turn brown and may even rattle when lightly shaken. The hard seeds must be scarified (nicked or scratched) before they will germinate. To scarify, soak the seeds in lukewarm water for several hours, and then nick them with a knife or small file. Then you can plant them in moist potting mix. Scarified seeds will germinate in two to three months. Note: A bird-of-paradise grown from seed will take three to five years to bloom.
These articles should also help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/propagating-birds-of-paradise.htm