All about Bird Of Paradise Plant Care

Strelitzia reginae is a species of evergreen tropical herbaceous plant, native to South Africa. Given its own family Strelitziaceae by taxonomists, it is still closely related to bananas (Musaceae). Many often mistakenly call this plant the “banana tree” because it looks like banana plants. These regal plants (for which they are named, reginae) are named for the beautiful, orange crane-like flowers that they produce, like birds of paradise. Under the right conditions, including full, southern light exposure, proper humidity and temperature, Bird of Paradise may flower indoors, although this is rare.

The split leaves that give the Bird of Paradise plant it’s bird-like morphology is scientifically believed to be purposeful leaf tearing or lobing of leaves to reduce drag in the wind. They have evolved to create splits along their lateral leaf seams to allow the wind to pass by. In doing so, they eliminate the risk of being snapped in half by a strong wind.

Wants & Needs
Here’s a cheat sheet of what a BoP needs to thrive.

Sunlight: Thrives in bright direct to bright indirect light. Can take full sun.

Water: Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Bird of Paradise can be sensitive to hard tap water. Try using filtered water or leaving water out overnight before using.

Humidity: Normal room humidity will do, but does best in higher humidity.

Temperature: 65°F-85°F (18°C-30°C). It’s best not to let it go below 60°F (15°C).

Size: Indoors, this plant will reach an ultimate height of about 3-5’ (1-1.5m) and will have a spread of about 2-3’ (0.5-1m).


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