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Planting and caring for bird flowers - how it's done

Planting and caring for bird flowers - how it's done

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The bird flower originating from the tropics belongs to the genus of orchids. Here's how to plant and care for bird flowers.
Bird flowers look really great

The bird flower with its blossoms can enhance garden beds as well as balconies and terraces. Because in the gardening trade not only the original type of bird flower is offered, which is by no means suitable for free-range keeping, but rather a cultivated form that is far more robust. Sometimes also in the form of an onion, which you must then pre-cultivate on a flower window in spring.

However, original imported plants for housekeeping are sometimes also offered, which can be placed in a conservatory, among other things. Basically, you should always follow the following planting tips and care tips for each bird flower species.

Plant bird flowers

The up to 30 centimeters tall bird flowers should not be placed outdoors or planted before the end of May (use seedlings). When planting, you should also note that the planting distance to other perennials is approximately 10 to 20 centimeters. A nice picture is also obtained if you plant several bird flowers in the garden bed. The planting distance should then be about 5 to 10 centimeters.

Sometimes the bird flowers are only offered as small bulbs - these are about the size of an apple core. You should put these onions in the water for about 15 minutes from the beginning of March and then plant them with the tip upwards about 2 centimeters deep in a pot filled with growing soil. The germination time at room temperature is then about 5 weeks.

Of course, you can also plant the well-grown bird flowers in tubs and also put them on balconies and terraces from May. The use of special orchid soil is very suitable for planting pots.


In any case, bird flowers always need a sheltered, partially shaded but light-flooded location. East to south-east sides with morning sun are ideal.

Between the end of June and September, they spark off a real blooming fireworks display. The filigree-looking white flowers resemble a bird in their shape, from where the plant got its name.

Caring for bird flowers properly

" To water:

Birdflowers need minimal watering. However, you should keep the potting soil moist throughout.


During the field phase or from May to September, you should also provide the bird flower with a complete fertilizer once every 4 to 6 weeks.


The bird flower is not hardy, which is why you have to store it every year from autumn (around the end of September) in a frost-free room (if possible at room temperature). A dark location is ideal for this, so that it can enter a kind of rest phase. During this time, you should water the bird flower sparingly every now and then.

The pre-cultivation phase begins in March in the clear window seat, where the bird flower awakes from its hibernation and the first shoots begin again. From this point on you should keep the flower moist again.