|Latin name:||Caesalpinia gilliesii|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as container plant|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||July - August|
|Growing Height:||150 - 250 cm|
|Planting distance:||100 - 120 cm|
Yellow Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia) is a lovely plant that will surely thrive in a large planter on your patio or decking. Use a large planter with holes in the base. If porous, line with plastic to retain moisture - or just use a plastic pot. This helps to prevent evaporation and the root ball of the paradise plant will dry out less quickly. Cover the base of the pot with potsherds or hydro-pellets. Add some nice nutritious potting compost and plant your paradise plant at the correct depth. Fill up with more potting compost and press firmly in. Water your Caesalpinia generously right away. Give the plant a nice sheltered spot in full sun.
Keep the Yellow Bird of Paradise bush (Caesalpinia) reasonably moist at all times but do allow water to drain well. Add some soluble plant food to your watering can from spring through to August at regular intervals. Us your plant spray over the whole plant during warm sunny weather. Cut back to half, annually, after the winter, to keep your Bird of Paradise bush looking good.
Keeping your Yellow Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia) over the winter
Yellow Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia) is not a hardy shrub but you can easily save it over the winter. Stand the planter in a cool, light area (5-10° C) before the first frosts. Water sparingly but don't allow it to dry out completely. Slightly warmer (10-15° C) - such as an unheated bedroom - will also suffice, and if there is enough light, the plant will retain its foliage. They do however usually fall off due to lack of light. While there is foliage, it will require watering and, as usual, don't allow it to dry out entirely.
Stand your Yellow Bird of Paradise bush slightly warmer (16-20° C) in early spring and water more. If necessary, pot your Caesalpinia up to a larger pot, always using fresh potting compost. Don't water it too much yet. Finally, you can put your Yellow Bird of Paradise back out on the patio or decking from mid-May and it will surely add a touch of the tropics to the whole place. Now you can water generously again, and feed it too. Beware of late frosts!
If you live somewhere that deep frost is not usual, this plant will survive planting in the garden, preferably by a south facing way and sheltered from those cold easterly and north winds. The soil must be airy and good draining - too much water in the winter will ruin it. Cover with garden fleece and with a bit of luck it will survive. If you are doubtful, dig up and store in a pot in a frost-free area over the winter.
Caesalpinia (Yellow Bird of Paradise) is one of the better know tropical plants around. Originally a South American plant, it grows like weed there but here in Europe we love it as a tub plant on our patio or decking. You may well also have seen this plant on the Med. somewhere. Caesalpinia's lovely colourful blooms have bright petals with strikingly long stamens making it look really exceptionally exotic. After flowering, long pods can grow. In warm climes, these can develop fully to produce seed.