Plant Care White Bird of Paradise

White Bird of Paradise

4.6 out of 5 (105 experiences)

White Bird of Paradise has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
White Bird of Paradise has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

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. 🦜

Taxonomy

Strelitzia nicolai
Strelitzia
Strelitziaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Variegated Bird of Paradise

How to care for White Bird of Paradise

Water

How often to water your White Bird of Paradise

Water needs for White Bird of Paradise
0.5 cups
every 9

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 Seattle, Washington.

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 White Bird of Paradise

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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

Plant care guide for White Bird of Paradise in Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

32% Very Low

Growing White Bird of Paradise in Seattle right now

Light needs for plant White Bird of Paradise in Seattle, Washington

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 8th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Seattle is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant White Bird of Paradise in Seattle, Washington

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 33.2% ☀️

December 8th, 2021

Seattle is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Seattle is expected to decrease by 33.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 4.7 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant White Bird of Paradise in Seattle, Washington

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

December 8th, 2021

This month, Seattle is getting an average of 8.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 12.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.2 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for White Bird of Paradise in your home

Light needs and placement for plant White Bird of Paradise: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

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 Seattle, Washington ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize White Bird of Paradise

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for White 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 White Bird of Paradise after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot White Bird of Paradise

Nutrient needs for plant White Bird of Paradise in Seattle, Washington

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 7th, 2021

The growing potential in Seattle is very 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 …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

White Bird of Paradise is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for White Bird of Paradise

White Bird of Paradise

White Bird of Paradise


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

White Bird of Paradise has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 90
White Bird of Paradise has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 44
White Bird of Paradise has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 40
White Bird of Paradise has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 15
White Bird of Paradise has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 11
White Bird of Paradise has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 7
White Bird of Paradise has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 6
White Bird of Paradise has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Calilaurel avatar
@Calilaurel
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 249 XP
globe Davie, Florida
11/24/2021

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😭

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Decklyn avatar
@Decklyn
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Columbia, Missouri
11/11/2021

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.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Charlotte avatar
@Charlotte
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 108 XP
09/10/2021

So beautiful and easy to tend to!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Lovedaynamarie
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 65 XP
globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
09/02/2021

The leaves split naturally, don’t worry about it! You didn’t do anything wrong. The leaves are large and collect dust, so dust once a week.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Ameliasoasis125
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 79 XP
globe Elon, North Carolina
08/31/2021

It tends to tip over a little bit

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Growit6979 avatar
@Growit6979
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 77 XP
08/27/2021

Easy to grow. Low light is fine. Good deco in lit basement.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Colotte avatar
@Colotte
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 76 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario
08/25/2021

Very sensitive especially the new leaf, it breaks easily.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Hi avatar
@Hi
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 456 XP
globe Red Wing, Minnesota
08/12/2021

The leaves are big and beautiful and are pushed out near constantly. My plant has grown so much in the year I’ve had it, and has never required any annoying level of care.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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@Mariahmusic
leaf-1 46 Plants
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globe West Allis, Wisconsin
08/05/2021

Super simple care and so much bigger already! Love love love her

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Daniwinss avatar
@Daniwinss
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 437 XP
globe Saratoga Springs, Utah
07/18/2021

Love how quickly it gets tall!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Rory avatar
@Rory
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 489 XP
globe Moscow, Idaho
06/30/2021

big luscious beautiful plant that is strong and resilient

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Tosha77 avatar
@Tosha77
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,171 XP
globe Baltimore, Maryland
06/25/2021

Bright indirect light and allow top 2 inches to dry before watering

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Steeze365daily avatar
@Steeze365daily
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 565 XP
06/23/2021

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.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Jennifer avatar
@Jennifer
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 607 XP
globe Pensacola, Florida
06/19/2021

My BOP is one of the easiest plants that I have. Big and beautiful

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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@Rachb92
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 72 XP
06/13/2021

Super pretty

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@Sabrinasherri
leaf-1 33 Plants
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globe Marysville, Michigan
06/03/2021

One of my favorite kind of plants. Beautiful green leafs and the flowers! 😍

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Gazebbo avatar
@Gazebbo
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 688 XP
05/28/2021

Outdoor light is best, if left indoors use a pot you can place outside / inside. Plant food helps for steady growth!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Ageurkink avatar
@Ageurkink
leaf-1 7 Plants
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globe Greenville, South Carolina
05/27/2021

Grows nice big leaves and is a beautiful green color

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Harrietgrows avatar
@Harrietgrows
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 320 XP
05/24/2021

My pride and joy❤️ have had my bay for just under two years and has pushed out 3 lovely large leaves, and has a 4th well on its way:) I have never had a problem with trying to keep it alive... It seems to like being watered regularly in summer, and low key neglected over winter🤷🏼‍♀️ works for me so far

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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Kimberly avatar
@Kimberly
leaf-1 49 Plants
xp 1,624 XP
globe Columbia, South Carolina
05/11/2021

I’m in love with my BOP! I started out with a one gallon pot and now he’s over 5 feet tall!

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