The Strelitzia, or bird of paradise plant, is a popular choice for indoor gardeners because of the bright colors of the flowers, which give your space a real wow-factor.
Growing plants inside your home is a great way of adding color, greenery and life to your space, especially if you have a small outdoor space or live in an apartment.
Because these tropical plants originate from Africa and love sunlight, they can be slightly challenging to grow indoors because of their specific needs.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your plant properly.
How to Grow a Bird of Paradise Plant Indoors
1. Select the Right Location
Before you bring a new plant home, you have to find the perfect place for it to live. As we mentioned earlier, this is a tropical plant, so it needs plenty of bright sunlight.
This means that you need a spot that gets at least five to six hours of full sunlight on most days. A southern facing window will usually be your best option if you want to grow your bird of paradise plant indoors.
If you live in a region where temperatures regularly drop below freezing, be sure to keep your plant away from the window through winter. The cold weather outside can make temperatures around windows too cold for your plant.
2. Use Artificial Light for Bird of Paradise
If you are unable to find a window that provides 5-6 hours of sunlight or you live in a consistently cloudy location, you will need to set up a supplemental system to provide enough light. Luckily, this doesn’t mean you have to do anything fancy or expensive!
First, position the plant near the window that gets the most sunlight. Then, either hang a light above the plant or put a table lamp nearby. Simply turn the lighting on and off as needed to make up the difference in sunlight hours.
The best light bulbs for growing plants are powerful full-spectrum bulbs that produce a balance of warm and cool light – similar to natural sunlight. LEDs are your best bet as they are bright, energy-efficient and very long-lasting.I recommend Sunblaster Lighting it has worked well for me in the past and made bird of paradise care really easy. Check out Sunblaster Lights on Amazon.
3. Determine if Sunlight is Adequate for your Strelitzia
Now that you’ve brought your bird of paradise plant home and have it set up in its new location, you need to watch for signs that the plant is doing well and thriving in its new home.
If your bird of paradise plant isn’t getting enough sunlight, its green leaves will begin to curl up and it will produce fewer flowers or no blooms at all. The plant stays green, so don’t judge based on color alone!
If it gets too dry, the leaves farthest from the center of the plant will turn yellow. If it gets too wet, the leaves will start turning brown and crunchy.
4. Understand the Cycle of a Bird of Paradise Plant
Just like any other plant, this plant has a biological cycle that it follows. It is important to get to know this cycle, as it will help you notice if something is wrong with the plant and is important to general bird of paradise care.
Bird of paradise plants are green all year round, but they do have dormant periods throughout the year. It’s most active time for growing and blooming is during the warmer months of the year.
During the colder months, the plant goes into a resting period. During these months, active growth slows down, and you probably won’t see any flowers.
5. Taking Care of an Active Strelitzia Plant
6. Taking Care of a Dormant Bird of Paradise Plant Indoors
Keep your bird of paradise plant indoors through the winter months in a warm spot.
The amount of sunlight shouldn’t decrease during inactive periods, but you won’t have to water it so often. Instead, mist the plant once or twice a week. You should only water the plant when you notice the soil is becoming dry.
Because the growth has significantly slowed down, you only need to fertilize it once a month.
7. Repotting Your Bird Of Paradise Plant
If you are keeping a new, young bird of paradise plant indoors, you will want to gently repot it every spring up until the plant is four years old, taking special care not to damage the root system. Use a rich, well-drained potting mix.
This process of repotting bird of paradise plants gives the plant more space in which to grow through the active period of each year, so make sure the pot gives the plant a good amount of space to grow into.
At four years, your plant has reached maturity and will start blooming regularly, reaching three to four feet tall.
At this point, a permanent home in a 12-inch pot is a perfect choice.
8. Caution against Repotting Too Frequently
As the plant grows through maturity, you may be tempted to start repotting bird of paradise plants more often – don’t.
If you repot the plant too often, you risk disturbing the delicate root system, which can stop the plant from blooming for two to three years, and that’s the last thing you want.
Don’t be concerned at all if your mature bird of paradise plant becomes a bit root bound through the active growth season, as it actually prefers to be crowded in the pot.
Bird Of Paradise Growing Guide Video
Wrapping Up Caring For A Bird Of Paradise Plant Indoors
While it is a little challenging for beginners, bird of paradise plant care is really quite simple – and very rewarding. With the proper sunlight and watering routines, it will last for years to come, brightening up your living space.You can read more: best flowers for a hanging basket