Care & Handling for Birds of Paradise
BIRD OF PARADISE PLANTS OR STRELITZIA At Savannah Interior Plant Designs we commonly install Bird of Paradise plants in several of our atriums. These plants are relatively easy to maintain and have a majestic leaf structure which bring a wonderful tropical feel to the setting. The Bird of Paradise can handle various light levels from direct sunlight to low indirect light. However, it will flourish and do best in a sunny bright spot. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy so water once a week throughly removing any excess water at the bottom of the pot. The Bird of Paradise cannot handle ‘wet feet’, meaning its roots should not sit in wet soil. It’s best to keep your Bird of Paradise evenly moist or a little on the dry side. The Bird of Paradise appreciates the occasional misting, which also helps remove the dust and refresh its glossy dark leaves. Average indoor temperatures of 65-80 degrees ideal for the Bird of Paradise. It does most of its growth in warmth and heat. Its growth will slow during the cooler fall and winter months. The Bird of Paradise is a hungry plant because of how quickly it grows! During the spring and summer fertilize once a month with an all-purpose water soluable fertilizer. I tend to use Peter’s 20-20-20. Stop fertilizing starting in October and throughout the winter when plant growth naturally slows. The Bird of Paradise likes a salt-free diet, so make sure you are using good water. You can use distilled water if you notice the leaves are turning brown. However, first try letting your tap water sit uncovered overnight to allow for the chlorine and fluoride to evaporate. Please note is used around pets or small children that toxins are found in the leaves and can adversely affect human and pets if consumed. Mild mouth and stomach irritation may occur.