The beautiful bird of paradise plant has large, tropical, glossy leaves that in the wild, can grow to be an impressive 20 feet tall. However at home your bird of paradise will grow to be roughly 3-4 feet tall but can grow even taller. It truly is a fan favourite of plant lovers because of their rich green leaves and remarkable size. Your spaces will be luscious, inviting and will leave you feeling relaxed as ever.
They are a relatively hardy plant but by implementing a few important care practices into your routine, your bird of paradise will grow strong, beautiful and vibrant!
Unlike most plants, your bird of paradise prefers to be in bright direct sunlight. They will be able to tolerate medium light conditions but won’t last long term and the growth will be slow. It will be best to keep your plant in a spot that is away from air vents and drafts and somewhere that has at least 4 hours of direct sunlight. If your plant’s leaves are turning yellow, it is probably asking to have more light so place it in a sunnier location. The only exception to this is if it is very hot, for example like in a sunroom, then the next best option would be to place your bird of paradise in a location that has bright indirect sunlight.
When it comes to watering, it is important to keep this plant’s soil moist but not soggy. Allow for the top 2-3 inches of soil to dry out in between waterings without having the entire pot dry out. Water your bird of paradise until the water seeps through the entire pot and starts to fall from the drainage holes at the bottom of your pot. Keep up a regular watering schedule and ensure to discard any water that is left sitting in the saucer after watering. Having a well draining soil mixture for your bird of paradise to live in will encourage the proper moisture levels needed for your plant to thrive.
The splits in the leaves are natural and will occur to allow light to access the lower leaves. Since the leaves of this plant are so glossy, it will attract dust fairly easily. It is important every so often to give your bird of paradise and good misting and wipe down with a clean microfiber cloth. This will give the plant a little extra humidity and keep it looking healthy and beautiful as ever. While doing this, it is a good idea to check the underside of the big leaves as well. Give them a good wipe and check for any pests. If you do find pests on your plant, make sure to check out our product Protect that will help to keep your plant safe from anything living on or eating away at your bird of paradise.
To fertilize your bird of paradise properly use an organic liquid fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer months only to promote healthy growth levels during this time.
By following these tips and tricks on how to care for your bird of paradise at home, your plant will continue to grow beautiful strong new leaves consistently and will brighten up your spaces in no time.
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