Many people enjoy growing plants inside of their home. Bird of paradise plants is becoming a popular choice for gardeners.
They are brightly colored and lovely that attracts attention from visitors.
However, it is important to remember that when you opt to grow a bird of paradise plant indoors there are specific needs.
They are originally a tropical plant from Africa that loves sunlight. Bird of Paradise plant also goes by the name of Strelitzia.
Here are some tips on how to take care of it properly.
Before you bring the new plant home, you have to find the perfect place. As we mentioned earlier, this is a tropical plant, so it needs plenty of direct sunlight.
Finding the perfect spot inside of your home can be tricky. The place needs to get at least five to six hours of full sunlight on most days.
A southern facing window may be your best option. If you live in a freezing region, you will want to move the plant away from the window, to where it can be several degrees warmer.
If you are unable to find a window that provides this amount of sunlight or you live in a consistently cloudy location, you will need to set up a supplemental system for light.
You don’t have to do anything fancy or expensive. All you need to do is put the plant near the window with the most sunlight.
Then, either hang a light above the plant or put a table lamp nearby with a powerful light bulb. You can turn it on and off as needed. I recommend Sunblaster Lighting it has worked well for me in the past. Check out Sunblaster Lights on Amazon.
You’ve brought your new plant home and have it set up in its new location. Before you decide this is its permanent spot, you need to watch for signs that the plant is doing fine.
If your bird of paradise plant isn’t getting enough sunlight, its green leaves will begin to curl up. The plant stays green, so don’t judge based on color. If the plant is blooming, improper sunlight also decreases how often it does so.
Just like any other plant, this plant has a cycle that it follows. It is valuable for a gardener to understand, so you don’t think something is wrong.
These plants are green all year round, but they do have dormant periods throughout the year. During the warmer times of the year, this plant actively grows and blooms.
During the colder months, the plant goes into a resting period. Active growth slows down, and you probably won’t see any flowers.
When your bird of paradise plant indoors is in an active period, you have to treat it a bit differently. Remember, this is a tropical plant, so it is used to high humidity.
You should mist every single day! You want to check the soil daily; it should stay moist at all times.
Also, it is important to fertilize your bird of paradise plant once every two weeks to continue its active growth. 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!
The amount of sunlight shouldn’t decrease during inactive periods. However, you don’t need to mist it quite so often.
During the cooler months, mist the plant one or twice a week. Also, there is no reason to water the plant daily.
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.
In the beginning, you will want to repot the young plants, up to four years old, every spring. This process gives it more place to grow that year. The pot should allow it to have plenty of space to grow.
After the four years, your plant has reached maturity. A 12-inch pot is a perfect choice. You should start to notice regular blooming.
As the plant grows, you may be tempted to repot it. However, it is important to resist this. If you repot the plant too often, you risk disturbing tahe root system, leading it to potentially stop blooming for two to three years!
That is the last thing you want. Don’t be concerned at all if this plant becomes root bound. It actually prefers to be crowded in the pot!
A bird of paradise plant is large, reaching three to four feet at maturity.
Luckily, 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.
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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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