Your Bird of Paradise is a striking, stately plant that is sure to give your home a truly tropical vibe–but how do you get it to bloom?
To be honest, it likely won’t happen. This plant hails from the tropics, where in the wild it receives an incredible amount of sunlight and moisture that isn’t easy to replicate inside the average home. But, if your Bird of Paradise is kept in a sunny spot and you follow a few key tips, you might see a bloom on your Bird of Paradise.
First things first, patience is key!
Your plant needs to be at least 4 or 5 years old before they are capable of producing flowers.
Keep it snug.
You must keep your B.O.P’s root growth restricted, and this is done by keeping the plant pot-bound. A common mistake that people make with their B.O.P. is to re-pot them too frequently. If kept in ideal conditions, a Bird of Paradise will take three to four years before they bloom. Once they do bloom, if you disturb the roots in any way, such as by repotting the plant, the plant may not bloom again for two to three years. It is best to let your Bird of Paradise stay in the same pot. Do not worry if the plant becomes root bound, as these plants perform and grow best when their roots are crowded in the pot.
Find a sunny spot!
It needs sun or a brightly lit spot. One of the most common reasons a Bird of Paradise will fail to bloom is because it’s not getting enough light. These plants require at least four to six hours of full sun each day in order to bloom.
Consistent moisture is key.
Your B.O.P. should be kept evenly moist throughout summer but need to dry out a bit more between waterings in the winter months.
Give your B.O.P. a snack.
Feed your plant once a month in the spring through the fall. Don’t fertilize in winter, this is when your plant’s growth naturally slows.
Best of luck!
We really hope your Bird of Paradise will bloom for you, but understand that it is very unlikely to happen indoors. If your Bird does bloom, send us a photo and let us know! We want to see!