How to Grow Bird of Paradise in Containers


Bird of Paradise is an evergreen, perennial flowering plant that can be described as an odd-looking plant when in full bloom. Bird of paradise is easily recognized by the shape of its flower, which when fully open resembles the beak and plume of an exotic bird. Bird of paradise is indigenous to South Africa and is hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11.

Step 1

Situate large tubs or barrels in an area that has full sun (for optimum blossoming) or in shade (for optimum foliage).

Step 2

Pour quality potting mix into the containers until each is about one-third full.

Step 3

Mix into the bottom of the soil in the containers a time-release fertilizer such as 12-12-12. Follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. Scoop in potting soil over the fertilizer and soil mixture until the containers are approximately half full.

Step 4

Remove the bird of paradise from its current growing container. Tap around the rim of the pot with a hammer until the container loosens and can be easily separated from the root ball.

Step 5

Loosen any encircled, bound or matted roots from the root ball by hand. Cut off any broken roots if you are planting a bird of paradise from division of the root system.

Step 6

Place the bird of paradise plant into its new growing container. Plant it vertically in the container so that the top of the root system is level with the rest of the soil.

Step 7

Scoop in potting mix around the container until it is about two-thirds full. Pack the soil down gently by hand in and around the bird of paradise. Top off the container with soil. Water the bird of paradise until the soil is saturated.

Step 8

Water the bird of paradise one to two times a week for the first six months after planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Bird of paradise plants or root clumps
  • Large tubs or barrels
  • Potting mix
  • Trowel or hammer
  • Fertilizer


  • The University of Florida: Bird of Paradise
  • Bird of Paradise

Who Can Help

  • United States National Arboretum: Planting Zones
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Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.