The Garden Plant
Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise Plant-No. 1 Queen of the Tropics

What is the Bird of Paradise Plant?

In my numerous years of caring for plants indoors and out, The Bird of Paradise has always been one of my favorites. If you have ever cared for interior plants in an office setting

you’ve taken care of many “Birds” as they are called in the industry. I personally don’t believe you can really appreciate the true majesty of the Bird of Paradise if you haven’t seen them

outdoors in a tropical landscape. Birds in South Florida, The Caribbean, Mexico, and South America are a whole different animal from the Birds of Paradise being artificially kept alive in an office building in Minnesota. In my 20 plus years of caring for plants indoors and out, I’ve never seen a Bird of Paradise produce a flower other than in a tropical setting outside.

The Bird of Paradise plant is a group of flowering plants, which are natives to South Africa.

This type of plant is methodically referred to as “Strelitzia”. It received its name from King George’s wife since the Latin word for the queen is “Reginae.”

Because you can almost plant this bird of paradise, forget it, and come back months or years later to see the fantastic flowering display, feels a little like cheating in the garden.

Well, you do not necessarily have to cut away the aged dead leaves as well as the flowering stems energetically, but actually, the bird of paradise plants generates several colorful flowering and beautiful green foliage for little or zero maintenance.

The color is usually a combination of blue and orange and looks a lot like the feathers formed at the top of a bird’s head.

The plant base can grow to more than a meter in diameter at the bottom and up to 2 meters in height. Therefore, be mindful of this final size when planting this plant next to other plants or garden edges.

How to care for the Bird of Paradise Plant

If you want to achieve magnificent blooms of flowers from the bird of paradise, locate this plant in full sun.

On the other hand, if you wish to terrific foliage, find this plant in a shaded spot. Bird of paradise does love an adequate watering, thus keep the plant moisturized during hot summer periods by watering it deeply at least twice a week.

Bird of paradise Plant
Subtropical Bird of Paradise Plant

However; ensure the plant is not exposed to frost, as this can kill the plant. Fertilize the plant using a liquid solution monthly for perfect results.

Here are a few simple care tips for the bird of paradise plants to keep them healthy and beautiful.

Water them regularly

They require some regular watering, and the soil should be kept moist all the time, especially when in pots.

Remember, the ground should not get soggy. Allow the soil to dry out between watering in the summer and winter.

Plant them in areas with bright sunlight

Plant them or place them in bright sunlight to partial shade areas. Give them as much sunshine as possible but protect them from the intense summer sun.

This will enable them to produce their food through a process known as photosynthesis.

Repotting them yearly

If growing in pots, repot them every year or two to larger pots to give them some room. You can initially plant them in large containers and allow them to get root bound as they look happier and bloom better when root-bound.


They grow best at 50 degrees or above, i.e., indoor temperatures. Thus, ensure that when developing the bird of paradise, your home’s temperature is not below 50 degrees.


Remove dead and dry parts of your bird of paradise plant. Dead leaves don’t fall on their own and should be clipped off at the base.


Brent Richard Dixon

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