How to Plant an Orange Bird of Paradise


Orange bird of paradise is native to South Africa. The striking orange flowers resemble a bright tropical bird in flight. The bird of paradise is a tropical plant that thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture planting zones 9b to 11. Long periods of cold weather will slow growth and kill the plant, but a brief drop as low as 24 degrees F will not destroy this tropical. Bird of paradise grows in clumps 4 to 6 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide. The dark green leaves and bright tropical flowers make this exotic a focal point of the garden.

Step 1

Dig a hole three times larger and as deep as the root ball of your orange bird of paradise. Sun to partial shade is best for an orange bird of paradise. Plants grown in partial shade will be taller with larger flowers, according to University of Florida Extension.

Step 2

Water the bird of paradise while it is still in the nursery pot. When the soil is damp all the way through turn the pot on it's side and, grasping the stem of the plant, gently wiggle it free from the pot.

Step 3

Place the root ball into the hole. The base of the stem should be level with the surrounding soil. Fill in or remove soil under the plant if needed.

Step 4

Fill the soil in around the root ball a few handfuls at a time. Pat it down as you go to prevent air pockets around the root system.

Step 5

Water the area until it is damp to a depth of at least 5 inches. Spread a 2-inch layer of mulch in a 3-foot area around the base of the plant. Keep the mulch 2 to 3 inches away from the stem to prevent rot.

Step 6

Water every 2 to 3 days during the hot months so that the soil remains damp, but is not saturated. During the rainy seasons you should not have to water at all.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you plant your orange bird of paradise deeper in the soil then it was in the planting pot, flowering may be delayed. All parts of the plant are poisonous when ingested.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Mulch


  • University of Florida Extension: Bird of Paradise
  • Kew Royal Botanic Gardens: Bird of Paradise

Who Can Help

  • U.S. National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Keywords: planting tropicals, USDA plant zones, orange flowers

About this Author

Olivia Parker has been a freelance writer with Demand Studios for the past year, writing for Garden Guides and eHow. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine and worked as a landscape artist and gardener. Parker is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts from Boston University Online.