How to Care for Your Bird of Paradise Plant

Birds of paradise are beautiful tropical plants. How can you care for your plant to help it thrive?

Bird of Paradise is an exotic plant that offers vibrant tropical colors to landscapes. It gets its name from its likeness to tropical birds with the same name.

Today, we’ll look at this lovely tropical plant’s benefits, care requirements, and maintenance.

Why You Should Consider Growing It

Bird of paradise plants are easy to grow and are widely used as ornamental landscaping plants in warm climates. If you want a bird of paradise plant but live in a cold location, you can grow it as a houseplant. The large, green leaves are also beneficial for cleaning and circulating the air.

Because it resembles a banana plant, it is often misidentified as a banana tree. Although they are best known for their brilliant crane-like orange and blue flower colors, they are also cultivars that produce white flowers. 

With enough sunlight and the right conditions, the plant will put on a vibrant flower show, giving the appearance of a tropical paradise in your landscape. However, bird of paradise rarely blooms indoors because they need the same light and humidity as their native habitat to produce flowers.

big leaves with growing beautiful yellow flower

General Care

Water Needs

Water once every one to two weeks, allowing the soil to dry between applications. During the winter, when less sunlight is available, the plant goes through a resting phase and uses less water. They need more frequent watering during the hottest days of the summer months.

Amount of Sun

Bird of paradise should be placed where it will receive at least four hours of direct sunlight from the south, west, or east. It should be placed in a full-sun location for blooming. Although intense light will help it grow better, it can tolerate moderate shade.

beautiful formation of flower in the garden


In the wild, decomposing leaves and other types of forest litter provide nutrients to the plant. These heavy-feeder plants require a balanced fertilizer with an equal amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Natural fertilizers such as mulch can also be used if you have no access to specific fertilizers.

Other Maintenance

Keep your plant away from drafts to minimize problems like leaf splitting. Use humidifiers, pebble trays, or mist to increase humidity in the area.

Bird of paradise leaves must be dusted often by thoroughly misting and wiping with a microfiber cloth To promote photosynthesis. You can check the leaves’ undersides for pests while at it.

Rotate your plant regularly to maintain even development on all sides. Don’t be afraid to prune any damaged or discolored leaves.

Carley Miller
Carley Miller is a horticultural expert at Bustling Nest. She previously owned a landscaping business for 25 years and worked at a local garden center for 10 years.
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