Plant Care Crane Flower

Crane Flower

4.6 out of 5 (70 experiences)

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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. 🦜


Strelitzia reginae

Also known as

Bird of Paradise

How to care for Crane Flower


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

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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.

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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.

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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Crane Flower

Crane Flower

Crane Flower

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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 57
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

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

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

This plant is so satisfying to watch grow!

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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

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

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

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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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

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

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

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globe Warlingham, England

They get big very quickly!

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globe Florham Park, NJ

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

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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leaf-1 9 Plants
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easy maintenance!

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globe Little Rock, AR

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

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

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globe Marysville, MI

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

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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

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

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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