Striking in its appearance, the bird of paradise is a dramatic plant that is native to South Africa but has become a popular showcase in the United States.
There are four species of the plant in the genus Strelitzia, the most commonly grown bird of paradise.
The bird of paradise requires full sun to bloom. It can be grown indoors under bright lighting conditions as well.
Make sure the soil of the plant stays moist during the summer. When growing the plant indoors, allow the soil to dry between waterings.
Birds of paradise are heavy feeders and need to be fertilized every two weeks during the summer and once a month during the winter.
The bird of paradise has few pest problems, but when they do occur, it is likely to be spider mites, mealybugs or scales, which can be easily treated with houseplant insecticides.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison: Bird of Paradise
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