Bird of Paradise aka Strelitzia plant blooms beautiful, bright colored flowers that add strong tropical flair in any place you grow them. The plant got its name from its stylistic flowers resembling the plumage of a bird. With its symmetrical shape and pretty oval-shaped canopy leaves, it’s often regarded as the Banana Plant.
Bird of Paradise is a stylishly sophisticated choice to be kept as an indoor houseplant. They are fairly easy to take care of. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to help them thrive in optimum condition:
Flowering Bird of Paradise Varieties
There are five Strelitzia species. But only two of them are grown as indoor plants: Strelitzia reginae (orange bird of paradise) and Strelitzia Nicolai (white bird of paradise). These plants grow with upright standing leaves coming out directly from the soil with no visible trunk. The large leaves range in size around 1 foot long. They tend to shred when exposed to heavy windy conditions or when often brushed in a crowded, busy hallway.
Here’s a short guide on how to look after the bird of paradise plants to keep them looking pristine and proper in your home or business area:
S. Reginae and S. Nicolai are beautiful plants that can be successfully grown inside. The biggest drawbacks are their size, as they grow at around 5 to 6 feet. The plants require anywhere from three to five years before they flower. However, the wait is well worth it as they can complement the massive plantings outside when their flowers rise above the foliage for an impressive display
Indoors, the plants only need moderate-to-high interior lighting condition. This way, the light can be diffused when sunlight is available. Low lighting could cause difficulty in processing water for the plants. This may lead the plant to be leggy or to experience discoloration.
Light and Soil
Since birds of paradise are tropical plants, it’s no surprise that they appreciate splendid daylight. Place the plant in a spot where it will get the most sunshine, but not where it may also suffer during the harshest temperatures in the early afternoon.
By any chance, if your plant leaves turn yellow, expand the plant’s exposure to sunlight. Birds of paradise plants thrive better in rich soil that stays moist but allows for good drainage. If you’re growing it in a pot, make sure the pot has well drainage.
Bird of paradise does best with a consistent watering plan. Keep the soil around the plant wet in spring and summer. Water, having a high salt concentration, could cause the leaves to burn out. If this is the case with your water, consider utilizing rainwater, or refined water when necessary, to water your plant. Bird of paradise grows best in normal household temperature, however, the plant could benefit from misting during dry winter months.
In spring and summer seasons, give your plant enough nutrients by preparing a compost with a fluid manure thinned to a large portion of its prescribed strength. Remember, you must not fertilize your plant during fall and winter time. Extra feeding can cause the leaf tips to fold and curl on itself.
Creepy crawlies and Pests
Birds of paradise are vulnerable to scale, coarse bugs, and spider mites, but these bugs are easy to identify and remove. Wipe the leaves with a thin cloth or warm, foamy water. Avoid using liquid pesticides on your plant. Pesticides can hurt the leaves or completely burn them off with the chemical content.
Growing bird of paradise successfully is not a rocket science. So don’t get anxious by their size and their affinity for some rays. Just make sure to provide lots of bright light with some direct sunlight, regular watering, and warmth. Feed them with organic compost early in spring before the new growth begins, and then fertilize every week during the growing season. Grow the plant in a container that can be efficiently moved outside in the warm summer months and then bring back the plants inside for fall and winter.
Birds of paradise are large, enchanting plants that give off an intense tropical aesthetic to any indoor space. With the right amount of care, these exotic tropical beauties can develop to more than six feet tall. Its wide, vibrant leaves can make a definite and chic statement for your home.