Bird of Paradise Care
Native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa, Bird of Paradise plants (Strelitzia reginae) appreciates a warm, humid environment, a fair amount of water and plenty of light. If you’re unsure about your lighting conditions, placing the plant close to a window is the safest bet. We also have a guide for how to measure light in your space.
Choose a location away from air vents and drafts where the plant will get at least four hours of southern or eastern exposure. Though they can tolerate lower light conditions, Birds of Paradise will not thrive long term without adequate sunlight and we recommend always placing them in bright light.
Birds of Paradise are toxic to pets and humans when eaten, so make sure to place it safely away from animals and small children.
PRO TIP: In the winter months when the sun is further from earth, Birds of Paradise go through a “resting” period and require less water. October – February you can dial back the amount of water given provided you don’t have the plant near a dry heat source. In general it is better to adjust the amount of water given rather than the frequency of watering.