Plant Care Mexican bird of paradise

Mexican bird of paradise

About Mexican bird of paradise

Mexican bird of paradise is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Mexican bird of paradise likes soil that is well draining. You may want to supplement with a gentle, organic fertilizer throughout the peak growing season.

Taxonomy

Caesalpinia mexicana
Caesalpinia
Fabaceae
Fabales

Also known as

Mexican poinciana, Erythrostemon mexicanus, Mexican holdback, Mexican caesalpinia and Tabachín del monte

How to care for Mexican bird of paradise

Water

How often to water your Mexican bird of paradise

Water needs for Mexican bird of paradise
0.5 cups
every 9

Mexican 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.

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

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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

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Finding light for Mexican bird of paradise in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Mexican bird of paradise: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Mexican bird of paradise love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Mexican bird of paradise does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Mexican bird of paradise in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Mexican bird of paradise

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Mexican 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 Mexican bird of paradise after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Mexican bird of paradise

Mexican bird of paradise


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

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