The Bird of Paradise is a fantastic, tall and glossy houseplant that gives a real tropical feel to your space. On top of all of this, they’re also pretty simple to care for and can take a good variety of conditions without issues.
I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.
I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.
I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it will retain the right amount of water.
Whether you're looking to make sure your Bird of Paradise is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
Being native to the coasts of South Africa, these plants will thrive in more humid environments. To make it easy you can simply mist the plant a couple of times a week, or even place it on a pebble bath. Check out our Humidity Guide for more detailed information.
Your Bird of Paradise will need a good amount of bright sunlight. Keeping one in a spot with more indirect light won’t necessarily harm the plant, but it will most likely prevent it from blooming and you will notice slower growth.
Any normal home temperature will be fine for your Bird of Paradise, however they will grow the most when it’s slightly warmer. It’s worth noting that their development will likely grind to a halt over the colder months.
During the warmer months you’re going to see much more growth. As such it’s a good idea to feed with a simple liquid plant fertiliser once every four weeks during spring and summer.
Bird of Paradise prefer a little and often way of watering, this keeps the soil moist but never wet and soggy. They can be prone to root rot so it’s important that you get the drainage right, make sure your pot isn’t holding in any excess moisture.
Unfortunately, Bird of Paradise plants are toxic to cats and dogs. Pets that ingested the leaves can develop digestive issues and struggle with breathing, so give this one a miss if you have a pet in the house.
As with any houseplant with large flat leaves, Bird of Paradise are prone to a build up of dust. Make sure to wipe the leaves down every few weeks or pop them in the shower for their next watering.
In order to have the best shot at propagating your Bird of Paradise plant, we recommend doing it in spring. Use a sharp knife to slice of one of the leaves with an attached root. Place in water for a few weeks until you notice more roots starting to appear.
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
This is very common with Bird of Paradise and actually doesn’t mean anything is wrong at all. They develop these splits in the wild to make them more resistant to the wind.
It’s very rare to get the Bird of Paradise to flower or bloom indoors. If you have a brighter spot in your home that you could move the plant into, this would give it the best shot at blooming.
This is most likely down to a lack of humidity in the environment, to increase the humidity try spraying the plant down with a mist bottle every week or placing it on a pebble tray topped up with water.
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