If, like me, you have the happiness of living with a spouse who is attentive, considerate, in love and … totally devoid of imagination when it comes to the little things that are so warm to the heart, in short, if for the love of your life, birthday, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter rhyme with a bouquet of flowers … better to prevent and put it in the scent of what is or not acceptable in the house of a parrot enthusiast so as not to make this moment so “romantic” an Italian drama.
Indeed, for parrot lovers, receiving flowers can turn into a nightmare because parrots are irremediably attracted to anything that is flourishing, climbing or crawling green in color. The fear of poisoning deprives these fervent parrots of the pleasure of appreciating this present at its true value, being torn by the duty not to disappoint her lover and the fear for the health of her bird.
Here is a small list of flowers and pretty plants that are non-toxic for your parrot, which will help you end the dilemma and finally be able to enjoy a sweet moment with your loved one … after, of course, having hidden from your man. life the bouquet so tenderly offered and which, to your chagrin, has a lot more in Coco too….
For those who are fortunate enough to see their parrots evolve in an outdoor aviary, the following will enchant you …
The most romantic … the rose
What could be nicer and more romantic than to receive a wreath of flowers, like that… for nothing, for no special reason and, God forbid,… especially not on Valentine’s Day! Well, ladies, you can advise your suitors that they should especially not deprive ( you ) of this happiness. The rose is as gentle on the heart of women as it is on the parrot’s digestive system… romantic right? Naturally, the attentive lover will take care to choose a quality of rose without thorns, coming from a greenhouse and which has not been soaked with insecticides and fungicides… There, sir will have to work a little harder… Well done… na !
The African violet ( saintpaulia ionantha ) blooms year round in hues of blue, purple and white. She likes comfortable temperatures ( 18 to 21 ° C ). Too cool a temperature makes its leaves turn pale and cause them to tip down. Keep the soil always moist, water with lukewarm water without wetting the foliage.
Flower a Christmas kalanchoe ( k. Blossfediana ), it’s safe for birds and very decorative during the holiday season. Very original gift when you do not know what to give to a hostess who lives with a parrot. To make them bloom, give them plenty of sun, a cool temperature, and generous but spaced waterings. The plant will flower in December if we take care to give it long nights ( complete darkness ) in September ( 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. ).
Gardenias ( Gardenia jasminoides ) produce beautiful dark green leaves. White, fragrant flowers appear there almost all year round. The gardenia prefers a sunny location and a normal temperature is fine for it. When the flower buds form, lower the room temperature by 4 ° C overnight, otherwise they may fall out. Keep the soil moist and water the foliage frequently.
The hibiscus is a sub-shrub that parrots take great pleasure in climbing. If taken care of, it can grow to be gigantic and become the perfect parrot tree. In addition, the large flowers will delight your eyes and can make the greatest happiness of your lori who will go snooping inside to gorge on nectar and pollen.
Marigold, Tagetes ( marigold )
Marigolds are particularly easy to grow and have long been the most popular annuals in flower beds. They bloom from early to late summer and require no insecticides. Ideal plants to decorate your outdoor aviary or make a pretty bouquet of cut flowers.
Petunia ( St-Joseph )
Petunia X hybrida is truly the most popular annual flower since the 1930s. It is called St-Joseph, because by tradition, this plant was sown on March 19th. Blooms all summer long, single, double, cascading, in various sizes and colors. Another addition to your aviary.
This fern ( nephrolepsis bostonensis ) requires a lot of humidity, abundant light and copious and frequent watering. Parrots love to snuggle up there, wash there when freshly watered. A nest of sweetness.
Crotons ( codiaeum variegatum ) include several varieties with bizarre foliage and prefer to live in a sunny, warm location, in constantly moist soil.
The zebra plant
The zebra plant ( aphelandra ) produces spikes of orange-yellow flowers in the fall. This plant likes to feel cramped in its pot and requires a period of rest after flowering.
Well, well, okay… nothing romantic about receiving a bunch of dandelion ( taraxacum officinale ), but believe me, your parrot will appreciate it to the highest point… The young yellow shoots have a little taste of honey that birds love and the leaves are rich in vitamin A.
The spider plant
The spider plant ( chlorophytum comosum ) gets its name from the fact that it produces long threads at maturity, at the end of which new plants grow. Likes plenty of light, but not direct sunlight.
What could be more romantic than a huge bouquet of sunflowers ( helianthes ) to brighten up the day … A word of advice, keep your bouquet away from Coco’s beak, because when it comes to delight … sunflower seeds are really an addiction for parrots, mostly fresh picked from the plant.
You can now afford to have a pink heart and a green thumb, without seeing red or crushing black … life in the rainbow!