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Bird Of Paradise Plant Indoors | How to Care and Grow Indoors Guide

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.


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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

Use Artificial Light for Bird of Paradise plant indoors

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

Determine if indoor sunlight is enough 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

Cycle of a Bird of Paradise Plant growing indoors

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 

Taking Care of an Active Strelitzia Plant indoors
You don’t need to go out and buy a fancy fertilizer for this plant - a basic 1-1-1 liquid fertilizer is a perfect choice!

6. Taking Care of a Dormant Bird of Paradise Plant Indoors

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.

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learning how to take care of a bird of paradise plant indoors is quite simple. With the proper sunlight and watering routines, it will last for years to come, brightening up your living space.

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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Karren Bale says June 11, 2020

My plant has this white mookie stuff on the leaves? What is it and how do I get rid of it?

    Ann says June 16, 2020

    Hi, thanks for your question!

    By the sounds of it, your Bird of Paradise plant has a pest infestation of spider mites or a fungal infestation like powdery mildew.

    Here’s how to identify and treat each of these issues:

    Spider mites – If your plant has tiny, spider-like insects on it and is covered with a fine, filmy white webbing you have spider mites.

    Spider mites can kill your plant, so it is important to treat this issue quickly.

    Isolate the plant and apply an all-purpose insecticide as the manufacturer instructs for a 64 day period. You can also use neem oil.

    Powdery mildew – This is a fungal issue that often affects houseplants, and looks like the leaves are covered in a fine layer of white or pale dust.

    Powdery mildew can kill your plant, so it is important to treat this issue quickly. Isolate your plant and use neem oil to treat the fungus.

    You can also use a mix of 1 tablespoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon of dishwashing soap and one gallon of water.

    Spray this onto your plant thoroughly, including on the underside of the leaves every third day or so for 3 weeks.

    If you use a shop-bought fungicidal spray, move the plant outdoors and cover your eyes and mouth before spraying.

    To help prevent these issues form reoccurring, put your Bird of Paradise plant in an area with better air circulation and more sunlight.


    The Sumo Team

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