The colorful, stunning bird-of-paradise plant, also known as the "crane flower", is native to southern Africa. This perennial evergreen gets its name from the large blooms resembling the head of an exotic bird. They are ideal for gardens as they can be cut for bouquets and last up to three weeks in water. When cutting a bird of paradise plant, it is important to understand how to care for and cut the bloom properly.
Pick a flower on the plant that is about to bloom. This will ensure the longest lasting flower.
Cut the stem of the bird of paradise at an angle to ensure maximum water intake. Use a sharp knife and cut at a low point on the stem, as you will be cutting off more later.
Fill a vase a little more than halfway with stones or pebbles. This will help hold up the heavy bird of paradise flower, providing stability and beauty.
Fill the vase with fresh water to 3 inches from the top. Add a packet of flower food and stir thoroughly. Carefully insert the stem of the bird of paradise flower into the vase so the pebbles hold it up.
Change the water once a week. After you remove the flower from the vase, cut an extra 3/4 inch from the end of the stem at an angle to keep the flower fresh.