A Few Facts About The Parrot Plant
The Congo cockatoo or the parrot plant actually looks like a parrot that is flying and when you see a picture of these plants you won’t believe your eyes. It was thought for a time that these plants did not exist but they do and they are absolutely beautiful and come in an array of different colors.
The parrot plant grows in tropical humid areas throughout the world. Thailand, Myanmar and East India are just a few of the places these plants grow naturally. But because the seedlings are so hard to come by and they are a difficult plant to grow, Thailand made a law about the parrot plant. It cannot be shipped or sold anywhere and this rule is strictly enforced. It is considered a protected species of plant.
But this reason also convinces people that the plant doesn’t really exist and because of all the hype surrounding the plant it is mysterious indeed. People who know these plants are real have posted pictures of them all over the internet. So they are real but still unattainable. They are exceptionally unusual and have peaked interests world wide.
The parrot plant get grow up to thirty six inches in height and can bush up twenty four to thirty six inches wide. It is a tropical or tender perennial plant and it only grows in warmer, humid climates. If the plant is healthy the blooms can appear throughout the year and they are multi colored. They can be anywhere from bright yellow to green and even shades of red, like burgundy and purple. The background leaves and foliage is a deep to light green depending on the placement.
There is a strict no shipping rule for this plant but people who live in other countries near to the United States can purchase the plant and bring it home. In countries like Canada or Australia you can purchase the parrot plant at famers markets or plant nurseries. Once you have purchased the plant it is alright to own it. But there are a few things that are must do’s when it comes to keeping this plant healthy.
The parrot plant does not like direct sunlight. It does best in early morning shaded sun and it should be immediately placed in the shade long before mid day. It is a good idea to keep them in potted containers and inside the home to avoid the elements. Any strong sunlight for even a few hours can cause the blooms to shrivel up and die and the plant can also die. They are very delicate plants and even a strong, cool wind can affect them in a negative way. So always keep them protected.
These plants like water but they do not like wet, soggy soil. The best way to avoid the root system being damaged is to make sure the potted container has holes in the bottom so the water can drain completely out. Do not use any other type of container such as the ones with an outer covering for drainage.
Because these plants are so interesting and easy to take care of you may want to cut off sections and put them in a root solution. But many people have had problems after they plant these new roots in soil. Instead, you can wait until the seeds are made naturally from the plant and use those for more starter plants. When they seeds are ready they have a tendency to blow up or explode the seeds out. If this happens you can put a plastic bag lightly over the entire plant when the seeds are ripe and ready to go.