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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 2024 growing season.

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 47 reviews
    Jacquelyn Thomas
    Tricky, but successful.

    These took some trial and error to germinate, but I've finally managed to produce success.

    I germinated using the paper towel method, wetting with hydroponic nutrient solution, and it required I work in several stages:

    - For week 1, I put the seeds in wet paper towels as-is—I did not scarify the seeds or remove the orange hairs at the tip.
    - For week 2, I removed the orange hairs, which were basically falling off on their own at this point, and replaced the bag and paper towels with fresh ones.
    - I left this as-is for multiple weeks, replacing paper towels and bags weekly. I had a white fuzz building up on the seeds that I would gently brush away with a soft-bristled toothbrush each week when I changed the paper towels.
    - Once the seeds started to bulge, I would lightly file the tips (not enough to show white) and I had sprouts within a week.

    This is the third batch I've tried and have 3 of 5 sprouting in this batch after a month and a week (March 3rd to April 13th). This is a major improvement over the previous batches that had 0% germination and one batch scarified from the beginning actually rotted hollow.

    Note that seedling 2 was not scarified at all in this batch and had to break through the tip on its own. I'm not as confident in this one's survival as 4 and 5 which were both scarified and are healthy color all the way through.


    Could not believe my eyes this morning when I opened my BOP greenhouse to water and saw this poking out! I planted this batch on 12/19, so it's only been 21 days. My first batch that I've been about ready to give up on is just over 2 month with no growth so I was shocked to see growth in my new batch already!

    I planted both batches the same. The first one I used sand paper to do the scarification then soaked for 48 hours. The second I used cuticle cutters to clip the end of the seed a bit more aggressively (but not too aggressive!) than I did with the sand paper then soaked for 48 hours. Sits on a heat mat under grow lights. I'm so excited! I'm hoping more will be popping up in the coming days/weeks.

    Another thing I did different was leave them alone. The first batch I was so excited that I was digging in the soil to check for changes probably once a week after the first couple weeks. The second batch I have not bothered at all. Just open daily to check the soil/water when needed. Not sure if that helped, or if it was the change in scarification methods but I'm delighted either way!

    The packaging was well done. Shipping was...

    The packaging was well done. Shipping was within reasonable expectations. Great product.

    Seeds arrived in a timely manner, good inf...

    Seeds arrived in a timely manner, good information provided with the seeds, and also received a discount coupon. Now I need to wait to see if seeds germinate

    Got it! Thank you so much!

    Got it! Thank you so much!

    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 :)