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Bird of Paradise

SCENTIFIC NAME: Strelitzia nicolai or reginae

KNOWN AS: Crane Flower

CLIMATE (LOCATION): South Africa | Humid Subtropical

DESCRIPTION: The Bird of Paradise plant is named for the beautiful flowers it can produce, but even without flowers, the bright green leaves and large size make it stand out.

Bird of Paradise Care

Water your soil when it is about 50% dry. Do not overwater. watering may be less frequent during winter or in less light.
A Bird of Paradise needs a lot of bright indirect light and some direct light. That's the best way to make it happy and have it flower.
Your Bird of Paradise will appreciate the occasional misting. This helps to remove dust from their leaves and can keep brown edges from appearing.
This plant grows well in temperatures that are over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also grow in lower temperatures, but it will not grow as much.
The toxins in the leaves can cause mild mouth and stomach irritation for humans and pets if consumed.
Propagation by division is super simple with this plant. The plant's underground rhizomes will push out their own offsets. These developing plants, or pups, can be separated into independent plants by simply making a clean cut through the rhizome (the much thicker, horizontal "root"). You can pot up this baby plant directly in soil. The best time to propagate is always in spring or summer when the plant is most resilient. This is also an excellent opportunity to repot the parent plant.

Hanging Heights

Bird of Paradise Lighting Requirements: Full Sun (Bright Direct Light) & High Light (Bright Indirect Light)

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