Their roots are very tough & thick (hard to divide a mature one growing in the garden) so check to see it has enough root space. Nell. Nell. The top part of the leaf is uncurling but the bottom part is getting “stuck” on the stem of the neighboring leaf. But the flower died in less than a month. And, you need to get a fair amount of the roots with the division. It planted in general , planting soil from the nursery, with one bag of Miracle Grow, moisture guard soil mixed in. I can’t say how often because I don’t know your summer temps. The flowers usually appear between April and November, but may not appear until the plant is 4 to 5 years old. Nell. It has spread too far and now I need to cut some of the stalks down. Black round with a bit of orange woollike hair. It’s been in the same pot for 3 years now and we’ve had no blooms yet. It now has the leaves curling over ove and touching the floor except a few that I have tied up to a post. They are planted in the ground and 4ft tall. It was there when we brought our house, its a very big area is there something you can spray on it, to help break it down, to make it easier to dig out. When not tapping away at her keyboard, Laura can be found making endless cups of tea or perusing the shelves of Sydney’s many bookstores. While both species are considered shrubs or small trees and both are evergreen in frost-free regions and deciduous in others, they are two different plants. It’s in full sun on half the bush. Keep the plant in a sunny, brightly-lit spot, Water when the surface of the soil feels dry. Nell. Hi Nell, Ive had my BOP for about 3-4 years now and it finally pushed out a flower!!! 1) even tough the roots are tough, if you cut into too many, the plant will suffer. Do you know why this may have happened? The flowers are excellent for cutting. Nell, Hi Nell; My fiancé and I are just starting to landscape our yard. I planted it in full sun out in the front garden. What you need to know about bird of paradise Name: bird of paradise, strelitzia , crane flower, bird’s tongue flower (Strelitzia reginae) Plant type: evergreen, forms a trunkless clump Height: to around 1.2m tall by 2–3m wide with age Foliage: similar to a small banana leaf but on a stem, very rigid, green to grey-blue. Hi Lindsey – I know the peninsula well because I lived in SF for 20 years. I have one inside that I water about every 3 days…that one is doing great, but the ones outside and flopped over any advice? Hi Paulette – I’ve never grown one from a rhizome, but I do know that it can take a while for them to bloom. Outdoors BOPs grow very densely so getting stuck usually isn’t an issue. I think I may need to call a professional such as a tree trimmer. I have two bird of paradises on my property in Los Angeles (And that’s all so far lol). I’ve decided to really get after the rotten parts this time, and realized that there over a hundred rotten stem stumps at the base. The days are getting shorter & winter is on the way but it’s not cool & rainy yet. They like rich, organic feedings. In the cooler, darker months be sure to back off on the watering allowing it to dry out before doing it again. thanks!! Nell, I have 4 BOP that the leaves curled up and yellow due to the extreme cold we had in Louisiana for two weeks. The next yr, he brought me some seeds from Hawaii, they are so kewl looking! Hi Nell, They are leggy with few smaller leaves on them. PJ, Hi Pj – The Giant Bird Of Paradise is a beautiful plant. It’s hardy to 25-30 degrees F.  The Bird Of Paradise grows in USDA zones 10-12 & also in zone 9 with protection from prolonged freezes. Or as long as it comes out with a pull it won’t damage the plant? Bird of Paradise Dwarf is perfect for shrub borders, and because of its size the dwarf Strelitzia Reginae is ideal for growing in mid size pots. I can tell you that they do best in Phoenix in a north or east exposure, protected from the hottest sun. I am wondering if because of all of the watering their root system is shallow. Just be sure to get the undersides of the leaves & in the nodes as well. 1. Bird of Paradise has a very tough root system & will eventually overtake & crowd out other plants so it’s best to not plant anything to close to it. Last winter, I brought them inside because there’s no way they’d survive the cold, but they’re all so big now and there’s absolutely no place for them inside. Two of the 7-yr-olds are producing double blooms at a time on singles stems, for 2 years. The plants are green, never have bloomed but that’s ok. This large growing shrub to tender shrub-like perennial makes a fantastic show throughout summer. Planting too deep might hinder flowering. Strelitzia prefer warm temperatures and sheltered areas that don’t get cold. This plant likes to be crowded. Because of the drought in Southern California, the foliage of this plant is not looking like it did pre-drier times. Not enough sunlight and moisture means the flowers may not bloom, Over-watering is bad for this plant, only water when needed. Be sure to rotate your plant (unless it gets light from all sides) so it grows evenly. Here’s how to care for birds of paradise to keep them at their best. Nell, Hi Vicki – When BOPs are growing as houseplants & the leaves don’t open, it’s usually due to lack of humidity. The plant is native to South Africa and requires a steady climate between 50-72 degrees Fahrenheit (10-20 degrees Celsius) to thrive. You can really transplant them any time but in fall it’s easier on the plants (the hot days should be behind & not as much watering to do). It has several babies. It’s a slow process indoors but an option. Another reason for the split, torn leaves is wind. The plant was doing good for 8 yrs last year bloomed several times. When you plant a young Bird Of Paradise don’t be surprised if it doesn’t flower for the 1st few years. I barely remember to water it, but the bottom is all wet and mushy. For bird of paradise care outdoors, make sure your plant is well watered before a predicted cold spell by soaking the area around the root zone. All the other plants are flourishing. Hi this is Wanda from Ohio. All I can recall is that the optimum light for flowering plants would be 65-70% fluorescent & 35-30% incandescent. Hi Shandra – It’s best to keep up on the pruning of a Bird Of Paradise. I live in South Carolina, Hi Cheryl – Bird of Paradise likes sun & warm temps to grow; a lot depends on the weather. Thanks for your advice! is it helpful to remove suckers and if so, how do I tell them apart? The unique flowers of this plant distinguish it & make it oh so popular. browned. It can take them up to 5 years to flower. Thanks for the advice in advance. Is it worth repotting the three original plants if I would like it to recover its height or is it too far gone or too old? Just leave it be for now (you can remove any damaged foliage) & then see how it’s doing in spring. I bought a house in LA that has a massive bird of paradise that is a bit bigger than the one pictured above in which your neighbor “mohawked.” We cut it that same way last summer and it has already doubled in height since then. Required fields are marked *. How can you tell when it is pot bound enough to transplant into next size pot? Learn more about Monrovia plants and best practices for best possible plant performance. I would soak my very established 19′ GBOP in Santa Barbara, CA every 2-4 weeks in the months when it didn’t rain. 3) it can take them at least 6 months to recover 4) they like to be watered really well (which means deeply) after the transplant. A good blast with the garden hose will send those pests flying. 8-14" spiked clusters of up to 40 pinkish-red ball-like buds open to yellow butterfly-like blooms, then fade to a deep orange and gold, and finally turning to a deep reddish-orange to red. Strelitzia Reginae Dwarf Bird of Paradise 200mm Pot. You can take them off after they’re spent if you’d like. It gets regular water and a lot of sunlight. Not much if any is necessary. I just brought a couple BoP from SoCal back to Dubai with me. The Bird of Paradise plant, or strelitzia, is a large and gorgeous foliage plant that looks just as majestic indoors in a pot, as it does outside in the garden.This plant is famous for its round palm-like leaves and its brightly-coloured architectural flowers that bloom to look like tropical birds – earning the strelitzia the household name of ‘Bird of Paradise’ plant. I want to give some of the babies to friends. I do love them, Thanks, Hi Pam – Plant those clumps so that the top of the root balls are level with the soil as they’d been growing before. They haven’t had blooms for many years and wonder what to do to produce blooms again. Will they burn in full sun or should they be partial shade for the summer than back to full sun for the cooler winter months? Quantity. Hope you can tell me what to do. Its attractive pointy leaves remain dark green in color with curious bluish-green undersides throughout the year. It bloomed for me last winter in the garage. If you desire an even smaller variety take a look at the Caesalpinia Pulcherrima. Bird of Paradise, Bird of Paradise Bush, Desert Bird of Paradise, Yellow Bird of Paradise, Paradise Caesalpinia, Paradise Poinciana Strelitzia require a little bit of extra care if you want it to look lush and gorgeous all year round – and if you want the flowers to bloom then you’ll need to be extra diligent. If it’s completely brown, it’s best to cut it back & have it rejuvenate. Nell. When the top few inches of soil are dry, water again. The distinctive bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae or Strelizia nicolai) is one of the best known of all the tropical flowers and is a cousin to the banana.Surprisingly, the bird of paradise is easier to grow than many tropical plants and makes for a vigorous, rapidly growing indoor plant. A few handfuls of coco coir added in  would be greatly appreciated. But maybe that’s the only way to treat it Cultivars of the Strelitzia genus of bird of paradise abound, but the Caesalpinia genus is nothing like the BOP with which most gardeners are familiar. Thanks so much. They can be somewhat difficult to dig up (to remove that portion hanging over) because of their fibrous “intense” root system so the easier thing to do would be to cut those stems all the way down to the ground. I live in the sunny part of San Francisco. BUT, the foliage is constantly coming. Nell. Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) is a much loved plant in Australian gardens. Nell, […] https://www.joyusgarden.com/bird-paradise-plant-care/ […], Your email address will not be published. Their common name comes from their striking flowers – bright, plumed blooms perched on long stems that look like the crests of tropical birds peeking through the leaves. If the leaves are party to fully brown, it could be fertilizer burn, too much water, too little water or a combo. I woulk love to know if it can be done. Yes, cut the dead bloom off including the stalk all the way back. By keeping it slightly potbound you’ll get much better blooms. Nell. It jhas hit hard times from probably being rootbound. « I’m Taking A Break – I’ll Be Back Soon In My New Home! KL, Hi Kay – I’m not sure what causes those double BOP flowers but I do know that it’s not unusual. The plants do best in Zone 10, but can be container-grown in Zone 9B and moved indoors when cold snaps hit. Thanks SO much for your help! Hi Krishnee – If the leaves are just tipping, BOPs are prone to that in periods of dryness. Be careful not to over-water, and reduce watering during the cooler months. When potting, the Bird of Paradise Dwarf can be moved indoors and grow as a dependable, care free houseplant. –> The leaves would greatly appreciate a good cleaning every now & then. I’m not quite sure if that stem will heal itself because I’ve never had experience with accidentally cutting a stem like that. A lot of stems of browning leaves looked healthy on the outside, but had a hard dark brown chute in the center. As someone once said, it may be easier to buy a new one than to try to divide it! Be sure it gets deep waterings as it’s coming back. The best time to transplant strelitzia outdoors is during late spring or early summer. I’ve had to transplant it once, as its roots were overflowing the pot, and the plant is now hitting the ceiling in my living room – still no sign of flowers though. I live in zone 8 and mine is in its original pot after 2 yrs of planting pot in the ground and digging up in late fall to go in garage for winter protection I would think it needs to be transplanted but want to be sure. They like regular water & not to be too wet or too dry. Could be not enough light, they need feeding or they need dividing. A homemade spray with a mild, natural dish soap & water will help as well. Nell. Here’s my question though… when a new leaf emerges it never opens on its own… we’ve had to “birth” them, which leads to split or fractured leaves. Many thanks, Sofia – Birds Of Paradise are very tough once established. The leaves of a BOP growing indoors open very slowly. Selective pruning generally doesn’t help. We want kinda of a tropical them we have several plants started in pots and then plan on transplanting them next year. The only issue is, when they outgrow the pot they can be challenging to repot because of those large, fleshy roots. I live in Tampa FL and have 2 BOP in my screened pool area. I was raised in New England, spent 30 years in CA & now live in AZ. As the plant ages, more flowers will appear. Nell. They’re perfect for beginner gardeners as they don’t ask very much once established, and are … I need to replant but am unsure of how deep I should plant them. Generally every 2-4 years does it. All care instructions are the same for indoor birds of paradise, although mulching is not required. When we moved a couple of very mature BOP’s, we did the soak well with water over time method & dug them out over a 2 day period. It has never bloomed. 10 years ago it grew straight up to 10 feet in my double living room. It’s found growing alongside sidewalks and the streets, by the sea, poolside, in parking strips, in container plantings as well as in lots and lots of gardens. I am PJ in Houston. I have it placed in an area outside where it will get direct sun most of the day. Hi Barbara – Not that I’m aware of. Although they bloom best when tight in their pots, 20 years in the same pot is pushing it. I have three potted birds of paradise, and they’re all doing so well outside (I live in zone 8 in Portland, OR). Please help! Any idea what we’re dealing with? The Bird Of Paradise isn’t too fussy as to soil which is evidenced by the wide variety of places it grows in. I’ve had some Birds of Paradise for 7 years and others for about 2 1/2 years. I need the smaller one to do flower arrangements. I would assume the same in Dubai. Kind regards from South Africa. They need lots of natural light (at least 6 hrs/day) to bloom. Or, you can mist it a couple of times a weeks. © 2020 Joy Us Garden | Care, Propagation, and Pruning About | Contact | PRIVACY POLICYDesign By Viva la Violet, Mother Nature Inspired Christmas Ornaments. I live in Ohio and my BOP is about 8-10 years old. I’m including this because the flowers were regular sized but the plants themselves were only 1 to 1 -1/2′ tall. I have noticed that it does occur on older plants with quite a bit of “clump” to them because I haven’t seen any newly planted or younger plants with those double blooms. The red bird of paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) a flowering broadleaf evergreen shrub native to tropical and subtropical climates.Unlike many tropical plants, it has a good tolerance for drought, making it a favorite for desert landscapes. I have had a BOP for At least 20 years. Dig the soil over well before planting adding some well rotted composting cow manure. I thought they lasted much longer?? This is what the neighbors down the street did to the 2 Birds of Paradise on either side of their front steps. Thanks for your help! Cut them down to 6 to 12″ & they’ll rejuvenate. I put an overhead fixture above each one and have been using a led bulb with 11 red and 4 blue lights. I have 4 birds of paradise plants in the corners of my sunroom Could I cut them down (as I will my outdoor bananas), protect the roots from water and frost and expect that they’ll come back in the spring? You'll also do well to pick a south facing window if some shielding is provided from harsh summer sun which can burn the leaves of immature plants. My husband gave it some fertilizer but not a liquid type though. I moved to Santa Barbara where you can find them everywhere. The Bird Of Paradise looks & does the best with regular water – not too wet & not too dry. Hi Sandra – They need around 6 hours of sun per day to bloom. Any idea why? I’m going to try my hardest to cut all the rotten stems down as far as I can (It is a BIG bush. I can’t reach the center) and leave all the healthy bits to so their thing (lots and lots of new leaves coming in! What’s causing this and is there something I should use to get rid of the spots? It’s not going too be a giant. Nell, Hi Kristin – October/November is a great time for planting or transplanting in LA. Just be sure to give them a really good soaking when you plant them. But now I found that the leaves are now getting brown. Just be sure to take the stems all the way down as close to the base of the plant as you can. This plant is not a giant, it has the yellow, orange and blue flowers. I could saw off the lower flowers, but my neighbor who was a professional gardener took care of the upper ones. I can tell you that BOP is hardy in USDA zones 9-11. Yours should start to put out a bit of new growth once it warms & you put it back outside. Birds of paradise are large, relatively easy to grow plants that lend a bold tropical flair to any indoor space. Once they get older & grow to be a very large plant, they get out of control & it’s hard to keep them looking good due to their girth. What happens is a 2nd  smaller flower emerges out of & above the 1st flower. Nell. This is not really a care tip but well worth a mention. You can grow it outdoors in the warmer months & move it indoors when the temps drop. Knowing that there is less humidity indoors, I do “mist” the plant daily. Give it plenty of room and a If repotting is worth it, do I need to prune the roots, or do anything else with the roots, and if so how much, and how can I tell? The opening process can take a while. A combo of compost & manure (or worm compost) is great. When I say giant, I mean GIANT. Bird of Paradise ‘Bird of Paradise‘ includes two different plant genera with similar names – Strelitzia genus, and Caesalpinia.Plants from the Strelitzia genus is mainly known as florist flower, native to humid and warm areas of South Africa; in zones 9-11, you can grow it as outdoor perennials and can be grown as a houseplant anywhere else.. I put one in the ground and the others in pots. Bird Of Paradise don’t require much pruning at all. I think it would be just fine. It would benefit from  a generous top dressing of organic compost which would not only feed it but help to conserve moisture as well. I also pull out the dead outer leaves for making the plant feel lighter. The bird of paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae) is a tropical favorite known for its flamboyant birdlike blooms. It hasn’t rained here (Anaheim) in eons. Give the Bird Of Paradise as much natural light as you can – it needs this for foliage & flower production. Nell. This striking plant is most commonly known for its unique shaping and colours. Feeding. –> You want to plant it in a nice, rich potting mix. These plants are not necessarily a good choice for every yard. Hi – I honestly don’t have experience with growing plants under artificial light. Hope that helps, Nell. All the stalks started falling over all new growth turned brown cut off bad stalks. LOL, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s even a bop! How can I plant the seeds to so if I can grow them.. It does okay in part shade & actually prefers this in blazing hot climates. I have several beautiful Giant Bird of Paradise plants (trees!) They are doing great! Hi Nell, We had a very large, neglected BOP in our sunny front yard in San Jose, but we needed to reduce the size for a new landscape design. They are about 30 years old! The size of a small car. And are there any others u would recommend…we aren’t much of green thumbed ppl…actually the opposite. They need bright natural light indoors (but no direct hot sun) & a fair amount of water. Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a5e0cfd97965257200caaedc8b4df2b7" );document.getElementById("dbea3e9ff2").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Hi, I’m Nell, and this is where I celebrate all things garden and share my passion for plants, flowers and the great outdoors. Hundreds of leaves. when pruning my bop, I have a hard time determine the suckers from the good stems. These plants are my babies . BOP hate containers, they want the to be in the ground, develop a “tap root” and want water, water, water. Roots are still moist. It was doing great we transfer it into a bigger pot but we had a harsh weather wk with temp down to 18° .. it warmed up since then but I think it dead. Do you have any idea why this change from single to double blooms would happen? You could give Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, East Bay Nursery, Flora Grubb Gardens or Sloat garden Center out by the zoo a call & see if they have 1 or could order 1. Nell, Hi Ruth – That’s longevity! I never cut them that far down before…who knows how long they’ve been there. They tend to be the smaller growth which appears off the base. Hi Pam. 2 clumps have come out. is that it’ll be ok. Nell, Hello Nell. The leaf edges turn brown, curl  & split in response to not enough water. Hi Peter – You can always cut the stems down to about 3’tall & have them rejuvenate as new plants. I live in Toronto, Canada, and have a large BoP that I bought a couple of years ago when it was about 4-5 feet tall. The plant produces stems that grow in a clump. Nell. Should I cut instead of pull? Monrovia's Bird of Paradise details and information. Yes, that is usually to to the plant being too dry or not enough light. Nell. Watch the video below. I would love to sent photos to you. Native to Africa, strelitzia can grow up to 1.3 metres tall and spread up to two to three metres wide when aged, and has similar foliage to that of banana leaves. Hi, great pics and tips! Thanks! You can either remove them or leave them on, that’s you’re call. Sincerely, Brooke, Hi Brooke – I can’t help you with that because I’m not familiar with gardening in South Carolina. Hi Chrissy – Giant BOP like regular waterings but they are prone to rot, depending on your soil drains. The flowers usually last 2-4 weeks once they open. Any advise would be appreciated. Hi Nell. Nell. Give the plant a feed once a fortnight during spring and summer, but don’t feed it during winter. Hi Louise – These plants clump & spread as they age so this can become an issue. I bought a Bird of Paradise plant 2 months ago from the local nursery. Bird of paradise grows 3 to 5 feet in height and blooms intermittently through the year, creating a colorful focal point in warm-climate gardens. I just bought my first BOP. I’ve Moved – A Little Change Is In The Air! Native to South Africa, Strelitzias are tough plants. Where can I get a dwarf bird of paridise. It looks great. Current Height (from the top of the pot) 450mm. Right now, it’s growing against a wall in a flower bed alongside our driveway, and I’d really like to divide the plant so it’s as big around as a basketball and not a Volkswagen . Should I cut the dead bloom off now? Dwarf Orange Bird Of Paradise features bold spikes of orange flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from late winter to late fall. Nell, Hi Nell, I have a bird of paradise in full sun and have been pulling out the spent flowers instead of cutting them. You’ll want to remove the dead flowers & any unsightly foliage. They're slow growers to about 4 to 6 feet tall and wide, and are considered deer … In pots, skip repotting and let stems multiply. Nell, I have been watering a great deal because of new sod. They’ve been on a drip system so I think they’re getting the right amount of water. Thanks!!!!! In Southern California this plant, with its bright, bold and easily recognizable flowers, is ubiquitous. Should I go with more blue lights or red?! Just brought home my first white bird of paradise… Would you suggest waiting to re-pot until it’s a bit root logged? … Give it as much light as possible, outdoors in a bright spot would be best, & let it dry out before watering again. The plants looked horrible for about a year but they did eventually grow back beautifully. Mexican Bird Of Paradise Plant Uses. I have a regular sized one that is doing well. When is the best time of year to do this? Today there was a vine growing in my BOP and I pulled at it. Yes, you can prune the roots but not while it’s flowering. Leaves grow off the stem to create a fan. Here’s the picture I said that I’d try to find in the video. Here are a couple of Birds growing in shade in Santa Barbara. Please help me help my beautiful bop, Hi Kollen – With temps below freezing, you want to bring you plant inside the house or at least in the garage if temps stay lower than 32 degrees. My BOP has never flowered. If it looks like it needs a little boost mid-summer, then do it again. Many plants around Santa Barbara would have all single flower blooms & 1 double. Nell, Hi Dawna – My GOP in Santa Barbara was 19′ tall so I know what you mean. It’s found growing alongside sidewalks and the streets, by the sea, poolside, in parking strips, in container plantings as well as in lots and lots of gardens. I came back into town to discover our drip system had failed. It blooms the heaviest, in Southern California anyway, fall through spring & then intermittently in summer. I waited almost 60 days for the last leaf to open before doing it myself. Nell, Hi Dave – I’ve grown them along the coast of CA which is a much more temperate climate. The pot has good drainage. I’ve been hacking off browning leaves all day, and all of the leaves that are significantly brown or dry have that dark brown hard chute in the center. And not a few little splashes every now & then but a deep watering every couple of weeks in the hotter months. Nell, Hey, Neil My bush of the plant made seeds. Oh, I love to create so you’ll find a bit of that in the mix along with lots of videos too. Bird of Paradise grow in containers (many grow them as houseplants) fine as long as the pot is big enough. Thanks for your advice. Nell. If you liked this Bird Paradise Plant Care blog you should also check the one I did on the Giant Bird Of Paradise. A couple of the leaves never opened fully – they are still tightly curled at the outer ends, and the leaves have torn where the lower part of the leaf unfurled. I’ve had them for 6 years and just want them to be happy!! Nell, Hi Nell, I live in Tasmania, Australia. Thanks, Krishnee, Hello Nell! Andrew, Hi Andrew – Bird Of Paradise is a really tough plant. This plant is famous for its round palm-like leaves and its brightly-coloured architectural flowers that bloom to look like tropical birds – earning the strelitzia the household name of ‘Bird of Paradise’ plant. Strelitzia prefer light, free-draining soil with an extra bit of fertilizer or compost every three months during growing season. Tight quarters. The B O P has withered and Nell. Hi Nell, Hi could you please tell me how to get rid of BOP as we have it in front of a retaining wall and it is pushing it out. most of the flowers exceed 12 inches tip to tip and the green stems look like trees towering 20 feet. A east or west facing window should do. In containers use a good quality potting mix that drains freely. ), but…what more can I do? Sounds like a fungal disease to me. Could it have been too much water? I am in southwest Florida and the bop does beautifully, in this case to well. There is a new leaf coming through but I am not sure if that is brown as well? Hi Dan – I live in Tucson so I know what you mean. In winter they could most likely take more sun. 2) the best time to do it is spring or early summer. Hi Terry – I lived in San Francisco for 20 years. We live in South Carolina where the weather is extremely warm and humid in summer month, was wondering if the climate will be right for these beauties? I do know 2 things on this subject though: you need to soak the seeds for a few days before planting them & it can take over 10 years for a plant grown from seed to flower. If you think it’s over fertilization (I can’t tell you for sure because I don’t know what he used or how you’ve been taking care of it), then you want to flush as much of it out as possible. Looking for some advice on how to choose the perfect location for a plant outside? Half the bush! Nell. My largest is 20 feet tall and produces gorgeous white flowers. Nell, I planted my bird of paradise in my garden this past summer and it was beautiful all summer. The roots are very tough but very fibrous & prone to over watering. Curling leaves are usually a sign. Be sure to wait until the weather has consistently warmed up at night; which would most likely be spring. You could selectively do this so the plant doesn’t look so butchered. I was so excited. If the roots are coming out the bottom or it’s looking stressed, then it’s time to repot. Use a high-quality potting mix to fill your pot and choose a pot at least 40cm wide pot with holes for drainage. Here is our guide to growing a Bird of Paradise plant. I don’t have any BOP’s or GBOP’s here so unfortunately I can’t do a video for you. Not enough? Nell. Now only a few stalks all turning brown. It’s not common for them to flower indoors because they need a lot of year round high light indoors. This plant is really easy to care for outdoors (it’s 1 tough puppy) but is a little more of a challenge indoors. There is a lot of natural, but not direct, light in the room. The Mexican Bird of Paradise is a great addition to large patios or decks, low-maintenance medians, compact urban lots, parking lot islands, in containers. It would always appreciate topdressing with some good, rich, organic compost. If the spent flower stalk pulls off easily (or fairly easily!) They prefer deep waterings to frequent,shallow waterings. Care For A Bird Of Paradise Plant. The horticultural gurus at Yates suggest giving an indoor strelitzia a solid start to life indoors. I’m in the mountains in Central Mexico 6;250 ft above sea level. Any ideas about planting in very hot climates ( similar to Phoenix ~I guess). I need to know how to keep it under control. Thank you for helping us spread the word & make the world a more beautiful place! I would keep my BOPs & Giant BOP a bit thinned out because I liked the look better. Nell. Is there something I can do to help avoid this with the newer leaves? After 3 or 4 months, I decided to cut off anything dead. What do I do? Most common disease are fungus-based, and root rot. I’ve been here 2 years, and it was here before I got here. 6 months later, we had 14 beautiful flowers. I live in “USDA Plant Hardiness Zone,” 10A. A giant bird of paradise, also known as a gray or white bird of paradise, does not contain branches. Transplanting depends on the size of the plant, the size of the pot it’s in & how fast it’s growing. California. The bird of paradise strelitzia is poisonous to dogs, cats and most other household pets when eaten, so you want to be sure that they are not able to nibble at the plant. Thanks for all the great tips! Thoughts? Bird Of Paradise Plant Care In Southern California this plant, with its bright, bold and easily recognizable flowers, is ubiquitous. Any tips would be appreciated I do not want it to look butchered, this is our busy season with lots of foot traffic currently having to walk around the plant. Or would that kill them? It’s an evergreen variety and is a tropical plant. Bird of paradise is widely grown in warm and tropical areas, but can be grown indoors in cooler climates. Strelitzia like moisture during hot weather. This plant is susceptible to root rot so don’t keep it “mushy”. Throughout the rest of the United States, it enjoys widespread popularity as a dependable houseplant. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for other plants that would complement the BOP and that would have similar care requirements. If you can’t put it in the shower or put it outside in the rain, then wipe the foliage with a wet cloth every now & then. To increase humidity, run a humidifier, mist your plant every other day, or place it on a saucer of pebbles with a little water added. Hi Wanda – It’s hard to say. The unusual blossoms are similar to bird of paradise - and at first glance orange varieties of this plant are often mistaken for orange bird. I’m on the peninsula in the SF Bay area. They have large bulbous roots. My son bot this one for me as a Mother’s Day gift since I had been looking for one. The flowers of the plant resemble the head of a bright tropical bird, hence the name. Common Name: Bird of Paradise. –> High light is the key. Plant Care 101: Bird of Paradise | Strelizia Nicolai - YouTube How do I know if I’m giving it too much or not enough water? Cooler temps will stimulate the flowering process. Bird-of-paradise or crane flower (Strelitzia reginae) is a native of South Africa and is closely related to the banana. Bird of paradise is a tropical plant, thriving with high humidity. Nell. Known as Mexican bird of paradise (along with many other common names), the red bird of paradise (C. pulcherrima) is oftentimes confused with the actual Mexican bird of paradise tree (C. mexicana). Do I cut down the whole BOP to the base of the plant? Now, nothing again. In the landscape it forms a thick shrub. How to tell the difference between strelitzia species, 5 ways to add colour to your garden in winter, The essential guide to Australian native plants. Be warned – those tall stems are heavy but it’s a way to control the size. –> In terms of feeding, you can give your Bird Of Paradise a drink with a balanced organic liquid houseplant fertilizer in the spring. ». Essential Gardening Tools You Can Buy On Amazon. It’s been in the same pot the whole time. I just had a friend tell me today, “that’s not going to live, it’s going to die. Nell. Anywhere from 5-10 years. The plant forms a 3- to 5-foot-tall clump that can be used as a focal point i… Get your mag delivered!-Save 29% off the cover price! Orange bird of paradise will grow in full sun but seems happiest in part sun or part shade. (trying) to keep it as in indoor plant. Here’s a post I did on this plant: https://www.joyusgarden.com/ask-nell-why-are-my-giant-bird-of-paradise-leaf-edges-turning-brown/ Nell. With proper care, a bird of paradise can grow to over six feet tall, even indoors. I am having a hard time finding really good instructions for dividing these plants. Mar 26, 2019 - Bird of Paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae) colorful open flowers resemble exotic bird, enjoys sunny weather, attracts birds, slow grower, [CARE DETAILS] You can also apply a 2″ layer of organic compost &/or worm castings in the spring. Hi Mari – I’ve only propagated BOPs by division & have no experience with growing them by seed. It’s easily over 6ft tall, and is as wide as the space allows. Laura Barry is a writer, bookworm and interior design enthusiast with a love for reporting on all things homes, travel and lifestyle. They’ve more to offer than just looks though. After I brought it inside the leaves turned brown and died off so I cut them off (closest to the rootball as I could), and left one stem which has 2 leaves on it. Hi Mike – I’m not quite sure how to answer this because I don’t know the under what conditions your BOP is growing. Usually requires re-potting every 3 years. Not all plants will produce a lot of suckers. Yes, a professional would be a good idea unless you can handle the weight. –> Just like outdoors, it likes to grow crowded so don’t rush to do any transplanting. Keep the plant in a warm and sunny position, away from draughts. Ironically the windows are e glass and block out uv light. They have a rather tough, extensive root system. –> You want to give keep it slightly moist by giving it regular water. Hi Liz – That’s normal. Hi Pamela – BOPs bloom when older. My indoor BOP is growing new leaves but they seem to be growing in torn. I had bought a bop last year from a nursery here in central Texas What is the rule for watering a BOP in container? Love your blog, thanks so much for sharing your green wisdom! Will this damage the plant? Hi Cindy – Bird Of Paradise bloom better when kept slightly pot bound. I put the pot outside in summer and inside in winter months. The herbaceous plant derives its common names from the unique flower it bears, which resembles a brightly colored bird in flight (Figure 1). You can read our policies here. Maybe the plant was too dry when those leaves were opening? Nell, Hi Nell, I have a BOP in a pot which I brought in for the winter months (I live in zone 9). So beautiful and simply astonishing plants. This plant loves crowds and a little root restriction will encourage blooming. 1. As to the leaves tearing, that’s the nature of the plant. Strelitzia reginae is a native to the eastern coastlines of southern Africa, where it grows wild in patches that are sometimes miles across. This sub tropical/tropical clumping evergreen perennial can reach 6′ tall by 6′ wide. Protect bird of paradise plants any time temperatures drop toward freezing. 2. can I save the babies or o they share the age with the original one? I would love a good video on this process even if you use the regular Bird of paradise to illustrate the process. ... Care… Is this normal? It’s not uncommon at all to see “double Birds” – that’s what I call them anyway! The GBOP is much harder to divide than the regular BOP because it’s so much bigger & tougher. I’ve only seen them with mealy bugs but have read that they can be susceptible to scale & spider mites as well. I moved from California to Arizona in June & miss my 20′ GBOP. Your cost for the products will be no higher but Joy Us garden receives a small commission. What should I do? The flower structure is one of the most unusual in the plant kingdom. What is a Bird of Paradise plant? It also works well when grown as a shrub with a mixed border. We have a bop at our office. Some of my BOP flower pods have black dots on them and the flowers inside are dead. The Bird of Paradise plant, or strelitzia, is a large and gorgeous foliage plant that looks just as majestic indoors in a pot, as it does outside in the garden. Will it heal itself and where will the plant grow from now? Our landscaper took 3 sections out of it to transplant, and now there are 4 plants. Eventually, they died. My parents had a bird of paradise in a pot for 5 yrs and now I have it . If I planted a rhizome, do you know how long it would take before it bloomed? I do the “finger check” to see when it needs water. Hope that helps! I am keeping it outside in a planter, about 2 feet diameter, or a tiny bit more. Half the base of the plant is dead stumps…either hard and dry, or wet and mushy. Will the plant give me signs, before it’s too late? I have a massive bird of paradise bush on myy front porch. What should I do to make it bloom?Hr,p! The leathery leaves are held upright on stiff leafstalks and are about 6 inches wide and 18 inches long. When soil is completely dry, water enough to saturate the soil then not again until completely dried out. Hi Teri – Thank you! They were then able to clean out the inside. It does prefer a loamy, somewhat rich mix however & needs good drainage. Nell. Hi Alexsandra – My neighbor in Santa Barbara CA cut their 5′ BOPs down to 10″ above the ground. The Bird Of Paradise grows the best & blooms the most in full sun. I would appreciate your recommendation on this rescue. It’s common but loved nonetheless so much so that it’s the official flower of the city of Los Angeles. I’m tickled pink to have you here! I was gone most of the month it had been bloomed and had someone watching and watering all of my plants each week while I was away. This works slower but the effects last longer. This post may contain affiliate links. I’ve only had the plant for about 2 months. This “mohawking” is NOT the way to prune these plants! My neighbors in Santa Barbara sheared their 2 – 5′ BOPs back to a foot & they eventually came back just fine. Hi Sandy – Thank you! Hi Nell, I live in South Africa. https://www.joyusgarden.com/ask-nell-why-are-my-giant-bird-of-paradise-leaf-edges-turning-brown/, Project: Bird of Paradise – Surf Snow and Sky, https://www.joyusgarden.com/bird-paradise-plant-care/. Hi Nell, I’ve recently bought a house in Carlsbad, CA and the previous owner planted several Giant BOP. The flowers are long lasting on the plant as well as in arrangements. Looking like one of the many fabulous birds of tropical Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, the flamboyant flowers of the bird of paradise (Strelitzia spp, also called crane flowers) come in a shock of orange, yellow, blue and red against the from the tall, dense, grey-green or blue-green leaves.. However, I think it is dead. It has been in sun, and indirect light. I hate to give it the Mohawk treatment. 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