White Bird of Paradise
4.7 out of 5 (127 experiences)
About White Bird of Paradise
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. 🦜
Also known as
Variegated Bird of Paradise
How to care for White Bird of Paradise
White 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 Oakland, California.
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January 31st, 2023
Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Oakland is currently low 📉.
The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…
February 5th, 2023
Oakland is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!
The amount of sunlight in Oakland is expected to increase by 39.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 11.8 megajoules of energy per m2 p…
February 2nd, 2023
This month, Oakland is getting an average of 8.3 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.
Hours of daylight will increase by 10.7% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.6 total hours of day…
White 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 Oakland, California ⛅.
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 White Bird of Paradise after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.
February 4th, 2023
The growing potential in Oakland 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 repot…
What other plant parents say
Birds of paradise like to be root bound! They only need a big enough pot to not tip over. Don’t repot too often or it will stress this big baby out and make it not bloom.
Mine is massive and easily almost six feet tall so plan to give your plant lots of room.
My favorite plant!
This might be one of my favorite plants. It was my very first maybe that’s why. Very easy to care for although I did have a problem with mealy bugs. I used horticulture oil twice. Let it sit on the plant for a few days after I sprayed it outside. Also killed all the bugs that I could see with alcohol on a q tip the days between treating it. Then brought it into the shower and gave it a good rinse. They haven’t been back since. It’s in a south facing window with lots of bright direct/indirect light.
I’ve had her for almost a year now, hasn’t died, but sure looks almost dead!! I’ve tried so may things. Indoor, outdoor, bigger pot, more water, less water, repotting just in case of pests or overwatering, and nothing. Still has been a downhill spiral of my poor bird of paradise looking like it’s being abused lol. Any tips would be appreciated, shawty really struggling😭
Definitely needs a larger pot so it can grow correctly. It doesn’t grow in the cold months but will bloom a new leaf roughly every month if you water this plant every 2-3 days. I usually water the plant everyday though during warm months since it’s very dry in my home.
I find that she grows better under bright indirect light, so keep her close to the window. She thrives under lots of humidity as well. The leaves grow in so beautiful and lush. Definitely a plant i’d recommended. Just make sure to water her evenly as well.