Plant Spotlight: Bird of Paradise

Plant Spotlight: Bird of Paradise

Did you know that the “Bird of Paradise” or “Strelitzia Reginae” is a member of the banana family?!...🍌 In fact, many often mistakenly call this plant the “banana tree” because its dark glossy leaves resemble those of a banana plant!

The Bird of Paradise is a true showstopper and a firm favourite within the plant parent community. It is a species of evergreen tropical herbaceous plant and is part of the Strelitziaceae family. Although is often associated with tropical places, like Hawaii, is actually native to South Africa. Known for its vibrant crane-like flowers, it resembles a tropical bird in flight, hence its nickname. 

Many will be disappointed to find out that many Bird of Paradise plants struggle to bloom indoors, but we can assure you that this beautiful plant will be a wonderful addition to your plant family, regardless. Here’s everything you need to know! 👇

 Bird of Paradise in bloom with red and orange flowers

Common Questions about  Bird of Paradise

Will my Bird of Paradise ever bloom?

This plant hails from the tropics, where it receives an incredible amount of sunlight and moisture that isn’t easy to replicate inside the average home. But, in saying that, with the proper TLC & environment, it isn’t impossible! One thing to note is that your Bird of Paradise needs to be at least 4-5 years old before they are capable of producing flowers. 


Why do the leaves on my Bird of Paradise appear damaged or creased?

Firstly, don’t panic! These breaks or slits in your Bird of Paradise’s leaves aren’t always a cause for concern. These slits occur naturally in the wild to help the plant become more aerodynamic in wind and rain, and in doing so, they eliminate the risk of being snapped in half by a strong wind. While these features are standard among Bird of Paradise plants, keep an eye out for dry or curling leaves, indicating underwatering or low humidity. 


When should I repot my Bird of Paradise? 

Repotting should occur when your Bird of Paradise has become rootbound and not pushing out any new growth. Repot into a planter approximately 5 cm larger than its current container to give ample space for further growth. 

Group of Bird of Paradise plants growing outdoors


How to care for your Bird of Paradise

The Bird of Paradise is a relatively low-maintenance plant that can thrive in most indoor environments. That being said, to keep your Bird of Paradise plant happy and healthy, we recommend the following essential care tips:

Small smiling sun graphic Light: Your Bird of Paradise is a tropical plant, so it’s no surprise that it prefers lots of bright direct sunlight and will thrive in a south-facing window. It can adapt to medium light, but growth may be slower. 


small water droplets graphicWater: The Bird of Paradise prefers rich, well-draining soil. Water your Bird of Paradise only once the top few inches of soil are dry (approx every 1-2 weeks in Summer & less in Winter). When watering, continue until the water flows through the holes in your pot. Discard this overflow as this plant cannot tolerate standing in water. Pro Tip: Birds of Paradise can benefit from filtered water or water left out overnight before using.


Small thermostat graphicTemperature: Your Bird of Paradise enjoys medium to high temperatures(18°C-30°C) & high humidity conditions are preferable, albeit not necessary. Keep away from drafty areas. 


Plant food graphicFeed: Feed your Bird of Paradise once per month during the warmer Spring and Summer months with an indoor plant liquid fertiliser.


Cleaning graphic Cleaning: Your Bird of Paradise enjoys the occasional misting, which not only helps raise humidity levels but will also remove any dust build-up that may have formed on its leaves. 


close up of bird of paradise plant flower

Where to place your Bird of Paradise at home?

The Bird of Paradise is a beautiful addition to any home looking to add a splash of colour to dull spaces. We find customers have had great success when their Bird of Paradise has been given a new home in a sunny living room, close to a south-facing window. Other areas to consider include conservatories, sunrooms or a bright sunny kitchen. Wherever you decide to display this striking plant, remember that it needs access to lots of bright sunlight to thrive. With the appropriate care, the Bird of Paradise can reach up to 5ft tall, so ensure that you select a location with ample space for it to grow.


Bird of paradise flower

Where to buy a Bird of Paradise Online?

Looking to add a Bird of Paradise to your growing indoor plant family? You can choose from the following sizes/varieties:

  • Small (without flower) available to shop here 
  • Large (with flower) available to shop here 


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