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Strelitzia 'Bird of Paradise' Seeds

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    1 brown packet of 20 Strelitzia 'Bird of Paradise' seeds (care guide included)

    Strelitzia Reginae(smaller plant, orange flowers) OR Strelitzia Nicolai(large plant, white flowers)

    About the seeds:


    beginner | intermediate | advanced

    germination time

    2-3 months




    1-3 seeds per nursery pot or soil pod

    recommended planter

    2“-4" nursery pot(no terra cotta for germination)

    time to maturity

    ~1 year for plant, 3-4 years until flowers

    seed prep

    pre-soak | scarification | stratification | none


    greenhouse | paper towel method


    75F - 85F

    About the Plants:


    reginae: bush-like growth, long and big leaves with exotic bright orange flowers resembling a tropical bird

    nicolai: large tree with larger, more full leaves and white flowers.


    beginner | intermediate | advanced

    growth speed

    slow | medium | fast

    size of plant

    reginae: 5'-6' 

    nicolai: 30' tall outdoors, <15' in containers


    full sun | partial sun | shade | grow lights 


    well-draining coconut coir/peat-based potting mix


    warm | cool


    cats | dogs | no


    mealy bugs, scale, aphids, spider mites


    heavy | moderate | light



    We recommend using the following to sow the seeds: 

    Pull the orange tufts out of the seed, lightly cut the coat(scarify) and pre-soak in warm-hot water for 1-2 days prior to planting.

    (Find more info on germinating seeds by going to our seed guide)

    These seeds are for the 2023 growing season.

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 11 reviews
    Cori Taylor
    I'm so hyped

    I'm impatient and nearly gave up on this seed. While removing some soil from the top, I saw it sprouting and freaked out. 2 weeks later and look how big she got! I can't wait to see how huge it'll get in a year.


    I planted one the wrong way and the root shot up from soil within just one month!! Definitely recommend!!

    So much faster than expected!

    The time it says that these will take to germinate is between 60-90 days for the average time and it has been less than a month for me and one has sprouted and take off already! I hadn't notice it had sprouted til today when I glanced and it was touching the lid, I immediately moved it to another container with the lid off so that I could leave the lid on to try and let the other seeds germinate. It looks like the rest are about to sprout too which is thrilling! Have already bought more seeds and will be again in the future. Hoping the passiflora seeds come back in stock!

    Sarah Gross
    Very happy!

    Great website with lots of cool plant options, very fast shipping!

    Elizabeth Effertz
    I give 5 stars due to being a recurring cu...

    I give 5 stars due to being a recurring customer and knowing their products are exceptional.

    The germination of their seeds are 90 + % and that is a great deal to me due to helping my own plant shop be successful.

    I highly recommend, and will continue to be a loyal customer!

    when you order with us:

    • your seeds and orders are hand-packed in San Diego

    • your order ships in 1-2 business days

    • free replacements for seeds that arrive in bad condition

    • we're always here to help with any questions!


    how difficult are these seeds to grow?

    Houseplant seeds are generally trickier to grow than your more common garden seed varieties- they require a specific setup and more time to sprout. You can find the difficulty for each seed variety specified under the "about the seeds" tab on each product page.

    We definitely recommend following the setups outlined in our seed guide here, and you can find further details in our blog!

    how long does it take for the seeds to germinate?

    Houseplant seeds take longer than most seeds to germinate, the average time for germination is 2-3 weeks. If you're curious about the sprouting time for a specific seed variety, you can find that information in the "about the seeds" tab on each product page.

    how do I grow houseplant seeds?

    All of our orders come with a basic starter guide for you to follow, but our seed guide here goes in much more detail and also offers alternative seed starter methods.

    We also include additional planting tips specific to each seed variety under the "instructions" tab of each product page. If you need extra help, don't hesitate to reach out to us at!

    my seeds aren't germinating, what do I do?

    Houseplant seeds are tricky, and sometimes certain more difficult varieties can take some practice to finally get them to sprout!

    If you're having trouble with the seeds, you're not alone. Luckily there are ways to sometimes salvage seeds by adjusting the setup- this quiz can help diagnose any issues you may have with your setup and make suggestions for how to improve it.

    You can also email us at and we can help out! If the seeds still aren't germinating, we'll send out a replacement :)