Common Name: Bird of Paradise
Scientific Name: Strelitzia reginae
Lighting: Moderate to Bright
Watering: Moderate to Heavy
The Bird of Paradise adds a totally exotic look to your home. Characterized by large blue-green foliage with the famous orange/red and blue flowers that look just like a bird, thus the name. Some species of the plant also have white and blue flowers. This houseplant is trunkless, with foliage extending from a central frond. A Bird of Paradise plant can grow to around 2 to 5 feet in height.
The Bird of Paradise plant prefers moderate to bright light, so try and keep the plant within 5 feet of a window that provides at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day for best results. This houseplant also prefers warmer temperatures - Between 65 and 75 degrees.
The Bird of Paradise requires moderate to heavy water levels. Keep the soil moist at all times, yet not soggy. I have been watering mine once a week thoroughly and it looks great. You should also give it a daily misting to fulfill its humidity requirements.
I have only had my Bird of Paradise for about 2 months now. It has not flowered yet. From what I have researched, plants grown indoors can bloom periodically throughout the year. Otherwise, it will normally bloom in late winter / early spring. As soon as mine blooms, I'll post a picture and let you know.
This houseplant is generally pest free. But as always, if mites or other pests appear, spray the plant twice daily with a soapy dishwater mixture.
This houseplant is one of many poisonous houseplants. Please keep these plants up and away from your pets and children.
Please share any tips on caring for this houseplant, as mine is still new.