A bird of paradise plant is a large and draping piece of greenery that can liven up any room. In fact, they can reach five feet tall, and their broad leaves can easily make them a centerpiece in your interior design.
However, like all interior plants, birds of paradise need proper upkeep. Without the right care and maintenance, they can die and turn from a beautiful green addition to a drooping and brown mess. Fortunately, their maintenance is not too demanding.
How to Care for a Bird of Paradise Plant
Birds of paradise are not high-maintenance, but their large size means that they do require a little more work than other types of house plants. A properly cared-for plant can grow quite large.
However, don’t be worried if your plant doesn’t bloom with the distinctive ridge of flowers that gives it its name. Most birds of paradise that are grown inside don’t end up blooming, but they still look beautiful—check it out!
Your bird of paradise won’t handle direct light well as the sun’s rays can dry up and burn its leaves. Your plant should still receive a large amount of ambient light, however, as it is a tropical plant. The best way to do this is to set your bird of paradise up against a north or south-facing wall.
You’ll know if you have to shift your plant to an area with less direct light if you notice yellow or brown spots developing on its leaves.
As tropical plants, birds of paradise need to be watered at least once a day. You’ll want to make sure that the soil is always moist during the spring and summer.
You can space out watering a little bit more during the fall and winter since your plant won’t be growing as much, but you should consider misting the leaves during those seasons. This helps prevent them from drying out from the dry winter air.
Like most other indoor plants, a bird of paradise can be subjected to an infestation. Small bugs and mites, which commonly affect your bird of paradise, can be easily removed on your own without special equipment. All you need to do is wipe down the affected leaves and stems with a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Avoid harsher chemicals, which can damage the plant itself.
You can fertilize your bird of paradise, but you should only do so once or twice during the spring or summer. Applying too much fertilizer can lead to a salt burn affecting the leaves of your plant. Use liquid synthetic fertilizer, which doesn’t smell like natural fertilizer does, and dilute it to half the recommended dose before applying it to the soil.
Proper Care Takes Time
Following the above tips ensures that your bird of paradise plant is able to grow large and healthy, but you have to make sure that you stay on top caring for it. For more information about gardening and keeping plants in your home, check out more of our blog posts!