Plant Care Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

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Bird of Paradise has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Bird of Paradise has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise Flower is a clumping tropical plant native to South Africa. It is best known for its large unusual flowers that resemble a bird in flight. Grow indoors in a well-lit, sunny spot in well-drained soil. Water plants freely and fertilize regularly in spring and summer but keep drier in winter.

Taxonomy

Strelitzia reginae
Strelitzia
Strelitziaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

crane flower

How to care for Bird of Paradise

Water

How often to water your Bird of Paradise

Water needs for Bird of Paradise
0.5 cups
every 9

Bird of Paradise needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Diego, California.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Bird of Paradise

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Bird of Paradise in San Diego, California

San Diego, California

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Growing Bird of Paradise in San Diego right now

Light needs for plant Bird of Paradise in San Diego, California

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 25th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in San Diego is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determi…

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Light needs for plant Bird of Paradise in San Diego, California

Sunlight will increase by 23.1% ☀️

January 25th, 2022

San Diego is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in San Diego is expected to increase by 23.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 12.8 megajoules of energy per …

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Light needs for plant Bird of Paradise in San Diego, California

Daylight will increase by 0.7 hours 📈

January 25th, 2022

This month, San Diego is getting an average of 9.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 6.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours of da…

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Finding light for Bird of Paradise in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bird of Paradise: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Bird of Paradise may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Diego, California ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Bird of Paradise

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bird of Paradise: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bird of Paradise after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Bird of Paradise

Nutrient needs for plant Bird of Paradise in San Diego, California

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 24th, 2022

The growing potential in San Diego is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to rep…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Bird of Paradise is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in San Diego, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Bird of Paradise has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 58
Bird of Paradise has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 34
Bird of Paradise has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 18
Bird of Paradise has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 10
Bird of Paradise has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 5
Bird of Paradise has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Bird of Paradise has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Bird of Paradise has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Goodmostii avatar
@Goodmostii
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 131 XP
globe San Antonio, Texas
01/14/2022

These can take awhile to grow bigger, but they are wonderful indoor plants and don’t require a harsh amount of watering. Plus when they decide to bloom the flowers are wonderful.

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@Jfbydesign
leaf-1 48 Plants
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globe New Providence, New Jersey
01/04/2022

You need to be gentle with the leaves if you don’t want the edges to split, but this is such a gorgeous plant. I was told it ia a very slow grower, but if you get it on a good water schedule with a decent amount of light (mine is right in a North facing window) you should get at least a new leaf every quarter. I’ve had mine 6 months and am watching my second set of two new leaves emerging. It is amazing watching these small spears slowly come up from the middle of the plant and eventually start to unfurl their leaf.

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Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 132 Plants
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globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/28/2021

This plant is so satisfying to watch grow!

Fast grower Fast grower
Taylor avatar
@Taylor
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 85 XP
11/08/2021

Okay so my birds of paradise plant has amazed me ! I’ve potted her in citrus, palm & cactus soil from Miracle gro since I’ve got her and she’s done great! I feel like I’m very all over the place when watering and she does pretty good ! And sun light ?! She can almost go without I had her in a hot humid garage for a hurricane came back and she sprouted a new leaf in ONE WEEK from being in there ! She get repotted probably every 2.5-3 months and when she does I find she’s ready to grow a new leaf ! She’s come so far and she’s fairly easy to care for ! Only con is finding cheap & cute pots for her as she grows

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Reeghan avatar
@Reeghan
leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
08/09/2021

I love this plant so much and the blooms are beautiful! It’s fairly easy and I can’t wait to see it grow to its full size and reach its max potential ❤️❤️

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@Mesophyllbaybee
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globe Martensville, Saskatchewan
07/29/2021

Mealy bugs have gotten two of mine already ☹️still love them tho

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@Keikonatsumii
leaf-1 5 Plants
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07/28/2021

Easy to take care of, fill with water to top of roots, keep out of direct sunlight

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Jayme705 avatar
@Jayme705
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globe Fort Worth, Texas
07/28/2021

This plant has never gotten droopy in the few years I’ve had it and there have been periods of neglect - hahah. Easy to care for

Fast grower Fast grower
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Les59 avatar
@Les59
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globe Gainesville, Florida
06/16/2021

They are hard to kill. And they grow for years.

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David avatar
@David
leaf-1 11 Plants
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globe Warlingham, England
06/15/2021

They get big very quickly!

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@Cassiefinz
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globe Florham Park, New Jersey
06/15/2021

Such an elegant plant! I keep mine in the sunniest part of my room and water it frequently. One thing i will say is the leaves are very fragile. When i got mine it had many tears and holes which are unfortunately not fixable, but even the new leaves it puts out will rip or tear if not unfurled correctly. Make sure to mist unfurling leaves regularly to avoid that

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@Arrex
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globe Seoul
05/18/2021

I don’t think my bird of paradise grew at all(?) but the leaves are looking so healthy! All I did was follow the watering schedule and have it placed right by the window.

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Survivor Survivor
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@Jainacampbell
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 183 XP
05/04/2021

easy maintenance!

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@Tortoise
leaf-1 16 Plants
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globe Little Rock, Arkansas
04/26/2021

they look a little bland when they’re small but BOY are they pretty when they’re grown :’)

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@Shannonnicholson
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globe Manchester, New Hampshire
04/20/2021

Love love love bird of paradise. I have a large one and they’re so pretty when their leaves grow big. They are a little finicky about their soil, water, and temps (considering they’re exotic plants that I’m growing in NH!), but once I figured out what it needed it is super easy and beautiful!

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@Plantsong
leaf-1 30 Plants
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04/02/2021

So far so good. I mist it, I’m guessing it needs some humidity? It seems to love direct sunlight.

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Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Sabrinasherri
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globe Marysville, Michigan
03/28/2021

Looots of sunlight! Loves the outdoors in the summer. (Northeast living)

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@Drdrey
leaf-1 53 Plants
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03/20/2021

There’s no plant more striking and beautiful to make a big statement if you only want to have a few plants to take care of but have a big impact on the vibe of your room.

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@Lalawilk365
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globe McKinney, Texas
03/13/2021

Very finicky and needs soooooo much direct sunlight (in front of a south facing window). I guess that would be indirect since the light is filtered through the window. Either way, I use a grow light with it. It loves lots of humidity so spray those leaves twice a week and use a pebble tray. This is how I’ve been able to keep it alive indoors.

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@Pinkluva
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globe Vancouver, Washington
03/10/2021

This plant loves sunlight! When I placed a grow light next to it all of a sudden a new leaf began to grow. I recently moved it to a larger pot so don’t expect it to bloom this year.

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