Plant Care Crane Flower

Crane Flower

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Crane Flower has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Crane Flower

The highly sought after bird of paradise has been cultivated for nearly 250 years. Their showy flowers resemble a bird in flight, and give them their name. These majestic plants are pictured on the 50 cent rand in their native South Africa and are the floral emblem of Los Angeles. In the wild, they’re pollinated by sunbirds, a group of small birds with brightly colored and iridescent feathers. 🦜

Taxonomy

Strelitzia reginae
Strelitzia
Strelitziaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Bird of Paradise

How to care for Crane Flower

💦 Water

How often to water your Crane Flower

Water needs for Crane Flower
0.5 cups
every 9

Crane Flower 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.

Calculate water needs of Crane Flower

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bird of Paradise in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Crane Flower: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Crane Flower may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Crane Flower in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Crane Flower

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Crane Flower: 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 Crane Flower after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Crane Flower is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Bird of Paradise →

Common Bird of Paradise Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Crane Flower prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Bird of Paradise Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Crane Flower may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Bird of Paradise Light Requirements →

Bird of Paradise Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Crane Flower is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Bird of Paradise Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

Crane Flower prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Bird of Paradise Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Crane Flower does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Bird of Paradise →

When and How to Successfully Repot Bird of Paradise →


💩 Fertilizer

Crane Flower is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Crane Flower to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Crane Flower is native to South Africa.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Crane Flower bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Bird of Paradise Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Crane Flower is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Bird of Paradise →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Crane Flower can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bird of Paradise Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Crane Flower can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Crane Flower, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Crane Flower

Crane Flower

Crane Flower


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft 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.

What other plant parents say

Crane Flower has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 56
Crane Flower has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 33
Crane Flower has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 17
Crane Flower has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 10
Crane Flower has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Crane Flower has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Crane Flower has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
@GoodMostii avatar
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globe San Antonio, TX
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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globe Lincoln Park, NJ
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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globe Washington, DC
11/28/2021

This plant is so satisfying to watch grow!

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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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globe Honey Brook, PA
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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globe Martensville, Saskatchewan
07/29/2021

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

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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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globe Fort Worth, TX
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

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globe Gainesville, FL
06/16/2021

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

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globe Warlingham, England
06/15/2021

They get big very quickly!

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globe Florham Park, NJ
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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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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05/04/2021

easy maintenance!

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globe Little Rock, AR
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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globe Manchester, NH
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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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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03/28/2021

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

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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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globe McKinney, TX
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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globe Vancouver, WA
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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