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Bird of Paradise Care

The Bird of Paradise is considered the queen of the indoor plant world. This large, upright plant adds a rich, tropical flair to your space as its glossy, banana-shaped leaves fan out. It is relatively hardy and adapts to a wide spectrum of light conditions from direct sun to low, indirect light, but will flourish in a sunny spot.

How to care for your Bird of Paradise

Use these instructions to care for a Bird of Paradise. This guide will tell you how to water a Bird of Paradise; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

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LIGHT

The Bird of Paradise can handle light levels from direct sunlight to low indirect light. However, it will flourish in a sunny spot.

WATER

Water your plant thoroughly and allow the top 50% of the soil to dry before watering again. The Bird of Paradise cannot handle ‘wet feet’, meaning its roots should not sit in wet soil. It’s best to keep your Bird of Paradise on the dry side.

HUMIDITY

Your Bird of Paradise appreciates the occasional misting, which also helps remove the dust from its glossy dark leaves.

TEMPERATURE

Your Bird of Paradise prefers average indoor temperatures of 65-80 degrees. 

FOOD

Your Bird of Paradise is a hungry plant because of how quickly it grows! During the spring and summer fertilize once a month with an all-purpose liquid feed. No fertilizer is necessary during the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

TOXICITY

Toxins are found in the leaves and can adversely affect humans and pets if consumed. Mild mouth and stomach irritation may occur.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Your Bird of Paradise likes a salt-free diet, so you may need to switch to distilled water if you notice the leaves are turning brown. We recommend letting your tap water sit uncovered overnight to allow for the chlorine and fluoride to evaporate.

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What's a Bird of Paradise?

Botanical Classification: Strelitzia nicolai

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The Bird of Paradise is considered the queen of the indoor plant world. This large, upright plant adds a rich, tropical flair to your space as its glossy, banana-shaped leaves fan out. It is relatively hardy and adapts to a wide spectrum of light conditions from direct sun to low, indirect light, but will flourish in a sunny spot.

Water and humidity are important to keep your Bird of Paradise healthy. It needs consistent watering to keep the soil moist, but never wet or soggy. In addition to careful watering, it will benefit from regular misting to boost its humidity. The Bird of Paradise is native to South Africa where it receives a lot of light and warmth.

When grown indoors, there will not be enough light to trigger the plant to produce a bloom. However, the majestic foliage and graceful stems make a statement on their own.

Fun Fact

The breaks and slits in your Bird of Paradise’s leaves aren’t necessarily a cause for concern. These slits occur naturally in the wild to help the plant become more aerodynamic in wind and rain. 

Pictured Left: Bird of Paradise
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Let the top few inches of soil dry out before watering and never let water accumulate in the saucer. Yellowing leaves could indicate your Bird of Paradise is getting too much water.
- Plant Mom

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