The bird of paradise plant is named for its striking flower, which resembles a bird's crest. Work in a 50/50 mix of compost to soil. Be sure to mix the compost and soil as thoroughly as possible. However, in times of extreme heat and/or drought, even well-established plants need to be watered deeply to ensure proper growth. This large, upright plant adds a rich, tropical flair to your space as its glossy, banana-shaped leaves fan out. Bird of paradise blooms abundantly when slightly root bound. Birds of paradise do well when you have a frequent watering schedule in check. Plant care. However, planting the flower inside is best to do using an acidic soil that is nutrient-rich, well-drained one, and retains water well. Humidity: The Bird of Paradise can adapt to normal household humidity levels but as a tropical plant, it loves a little added humidity. The soil needs to be nutrient-rich and have a permeable texture but it also needs to retain some bits of moisture for a couple of days. Add top soil or organic peat humus to the hole when you plant. Bird of Paradise soil and planting Soil. Just like with many indoor plants, Bird of Paradise plants like well-draining soil mixed with perlite or bark to help with drainage and aeration. These tropical plants do best in Zone 10, though in Zone 9B you can grow them in a large containers that can be moved indoors during cold weather. Most tropical plants glow when the soil drains water much faster. It also is a good idea to finish with the hole an inch or two recessed so that a watering basin is formed. Place near a … During the winter months, the plant will go semi-dormant, and less frequent watering is required. Scientific Name: Strelitzia reginae Plant Type: Perennial flower Light: Full sun to part shade Water: To care for the bird of paradise flower, use a rich, well-drained potting soil.Water thoroughly once a week until soil is completely moist. Birds of paradise do best with a regular watering schedule. Pure potting soil is too dense and can clump around the roots, making them unable to reach and take up water, so use a light and airy mix! Soil & Water. Choosing the soil for this vegetation is not a hassle since the bird of paradise can tolerate any type of soil. White bird of paradise is a moderate grower to about 25 feet. This plant does fine in sun to partial shade. Bird of paradise plants do not like soggy soil. To avoid wet feet, allow the top two inches of soil to dry out between waterings. Watering frequency Tropical bird of paradise plants do well on a grass watering schedule. Get a well-draining quality houseplant soil and you should be all set. Even when they are newly planted, they need to sufficiently dry out between waterings. Wait at least three years after the last repotting or until the roots crack the container, start growing on top of the soil or crowding out the drainage hole, or when water sits on top of the soil after watering rather than seeping in. 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