Bird of Paradise Plant Care Guide

Difficulty Level: Modest

What is the Bird of Paradise Plant?

The Bird of Paradise Plant is a beautiful plant that is known by a number of different names. You may have heard it referred to as Strelitzia reginae or the Crane Flower, but it is most commonly called the Bird of Paradise. This plant is well known for its unique flowers and distinctive shape. There are also a number of different Bird of Paradise plant varieties. The Bird of Paradise Plant gets its name from its colorful flowers that are reminiscent of the plumage of tropical birds.

This plant is not only gorgeous, but it is also modestly difficult to care for, boasts powerful air-purifying properties, and makes an equally appropriate addition to both the home and office. Some people grow their Bird of Paradise plant outdoors, but these are highly adaptable plants that grow equally well indoors. We all need a glimpse of paradise from time to time and this plant will bring you the exotic joy you desire on a daily basis!

Light CareLight Care

One of the many things that people love about this plant is that it is quite hearty and can adapt to a number of different light settings. Your Bird of Paradise will thrive in consistent direct sunlight but will do just fine in low, indirect light. These plants are highly adaptive and are likely to survive regardless of whether or not you cater to their light preference. Just don’t keep them in complete darkness!

Water CareWater Care

Bird of Paradise water care is an absolute breeze! These plants like to watered every 1-2 weeks depending on the environment it is kept in. If you live in a dry climate, you might find that watering once a week is ideal. Those who live in humid climates are more likely to water once every two weeks. A good general rule of thumb is to check the soil. This plant prefers its soil to be moist but not soggy. If the soil becomes soggy, it could cause a number of different issues including root rot. If the top 1-3 inches of soil are dry or you notice your bird of paradise leaves curling, it’s time to water your Strelitzia reginae.

Food GuideFood Guide

This plant is easy to care for, but it does love to eat! You should feed your bird of paradise once every two weeks with a liquid fertilizer during the fall and winter, and once a month during the spring and summer to ensure that it stays healthy. We highly recommend investing in a high-quality organic fertilizer such as blood meal or manure which will help your plant grow to its full potential and live a long healthy life. This plant thrives with fertilizer that contains equal parts Potassium, Nitrogen, and Phosphate, so make sure to take that into consideration when purchasing fertilizer.

Staff Holy Grail Tip:

One of the most important parts of caring for your Bird of Paradise plant is making sure that it is in an environment that mimics its natural habitat. This plant is native to South America and is used to living in a very humid environment. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you have to live in intense humidity. You will notice a difference in this plant if you provide it with a light misting with a spray bottle when it’s time to water.

- Atticus