Bird of Paradise

Provide bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) with some afternoon shade to protect it from the hottest part of the day, especially in areas with sultry summers.  A nearby shrub, tree, fence or wall can give the plants shade.

Grow bird of paradise in soil that drains well. Root rot can occur if the soil retains too much water. For a potted plant, use a high-quality potting mix. Outdoors, incorporate 2 or 3 inches of compost into the soil at planting time.

Water bird of paradise regularly with 1 inch of water, one to two times a week to keep the soil slightly moist.  Do not over water. In the fall and winter, allow the top of the soil to dry out between waterings.  If the plant is container-grown, dump out any excess water that seeps into the drainage dish.

Move a container-grown bird of paradise indoors before the first expected frost date in your area. Ideally, move a potted bird of paradise indoors before temperatures drop below 50 or 60 degrees Fahrenheit. On frosty nights, insert three or four tall stakes around an outdoor plant and drape a sheet over the top so it touches the ground but does not touch the plant.  Remove the sheet in the morning.

Fertilize bird of paradise twice a month during active growth in spring and summer.  The rest of the year, fertilize once every one to two months. Use a water-soluble, all-purpose fertilizer, applying the rate recommended on the label.

Monitor a bird of paradise for pests, such as aphids, scale and mites.  If you see a lot of pests, treat before they do significant damage. Insecticidal soaps work well but make sure you apply it to the undersides of the leaves, as insects tend to gather there. Remove plant debris under a bird of paradise to help keep insects at bay.

Provide bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) with some afternoon shade to protect it from the hottest part of the day, especially in areas with sultry summers.  A nearby shrub, tree, fence or wall can give the plants shade.

Grow bird of paradise in soil that drains well. Root rot can occur if the soil retains too much water. For a potted plant, use a high-quality potting mix. Outdoors, incorporate 2 or 3 inches of compost into the soil at planting time.

Water bird of paradise regularly with 1 inch of water, one to two times a week to keep the soil slightly moist.  Do not over water. In the fall and winter, allow the top of the soil to dry out between waterings.  If the plant is container-grown, dump out any excess water that seeps into the drainage dish.

Move a container-grown bird of paradise indoors before the first expected frost date in your area. Ideally, move a potted bird of paradise indoors before temperatures drop below 50 or 60 degrees Fahrenheit. On frosty nights, insert three or four tall stakes around an outdoor plant and drape a sheet over the top so it touches the ground but does not touch the plant.  Remove the sheet in the morning.

Fertilize bird of paradise twice a month during active growth in spring and summer.  The rest of the year, fertilize once every one to two months. Use a water-soluble, all-purpose fertilizer, applying the rate recommended on the label.

Monitor a bird of paradise for pests, such as aphids, scale and mites.  If you see a lot of pests, treat before they do significant damage. Insecticidal soaps work well but make sure you apply it to the undersides of the leaves, as insects tend to gather there. Remove plant debris under a bird of paradise to help keep insects at bay.