How to Care for a Bird of Paradise

How to Care for a Bird of Paradise

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



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

WATER REQUIREMENTS
Keep the soil moist, but not soggy during the spring through fall. In the winter, allow two inches of soil to dry out between waterings. 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 PREFERENCE
The Bird of Paradise appreciates the occasional misting, which also helps remove the dust from its glossy dark leaves.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
Average indoor temperatures of 65-80 degrees are just fine for the Bird of Paradise. It does most of its growth in warmth and heat. Therefore, its growth will slow during the cooler winter months.

PLANT FOOD
The 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.

ADDITIONAL CARE
The Bird of Paradise likes a salt-free diet, so make sure you are using good water. You may need to switch to distilled water if you notice the leaves are turning brown. However, first try letting your tap water sit uncovered overnight to allow for the chlorine and fluoride to evaporate.

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