Plant Care Crane Flower

Crane Flower

4.6 out of 5 (61 experiences)

Crane Flower has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Crane Flower has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

Bird of Paradise, Bird of Paradise and crane flower

Taxonomy

Strelitzia reginae
Strelitzia
Strelitziaceae
Zingiberales

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?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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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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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.

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 51
Crane Flower has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 30
Crane Flower has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 15
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 4
Crane Flower has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 4
Crane Flower has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Reeghan avatar
@Reeghan
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
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 ❤️❤️

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Mesophyllbaybee avatar
@Mesophyllbaybee
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 539 XP
globe Martensville, Saskatchewan
07/29/2021

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Keikonatsumii avatar
@Keikonatsumii
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 109 XP
07/28/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Jayme705 avatar
@Jayme705
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 68 XP
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
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Les59 avatar
@Les59
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,130 XP
globe Gainesville, Florida
06/16/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
David avatar
@David
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 203 XP
globe Warlingham, England
06/15/2021

They get big very quickly!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Cassiefinz avatar
@Cassiefinz
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,357 XP
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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Arrex avatar
@Arrex
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 93 XP
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.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Jainacampbell avatar
@Jainacampbell
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 183 XP
05/04/2021

easy maintenance!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Tortoise avatar
@Tortoise
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 177 XP
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 :’)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Shannonnicholson avatar
@Shannonnicholson
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 272 XP
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!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Plantsong avatar
@Plantsong
leaf-1 33 Plants
xp 2,299 XP
04/02/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Sabrinasherri
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,035 XP
globe Marysville, Michigan
03/28/2021

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Drdrey avatar
@Drdrey
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 1,422 XP
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.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Lalawilk365
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 339 XP
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.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pinkluva avatar
@Pinkluva
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 392 XP
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.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Emma_ avatar
@Emma_
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 311 XP
03/08/2021

I can’t understand her!! i’ve tried misting, watering differently, moving her around, getting more sunlight... i don’t know what’s wrong. She just keeps browning and drooping. i got her in a plant a month box so i had no idea what to expect.... ugh

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Venusthightrap
leaf-1 53 Plants
xp 1,799 XP
globe Lexington, Virginia
02/16/2021

As a newer plant owner, this plant has been my favorite to watch grow. She grows fast and she feels like the mother of all my other houseplants! Would definitely recommend a bird of paradise to any plant owner!

Fast grower Fast grower

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