How to Easily Grow a Bird Of Paradise
Contradictory to the general myths of people who grow Bird Of Paradise plant (especially first-timers), the plant is easy to grow as it thrives healthy in the right conditions.
If you’re looking to grow a Bird Of Paradise plant, whether as a first-timer or existing-grower, here are factors you should take note of to ensure your plant is kept in the best conditions:
The Bird Of Paradise plant can be grown indoor as well as outdoor, but it thrives best where there is a balance between the two. That is, the plant needs bright light, including some direct sunlight, but not excessively, especially when it’s younger.
The ideal light exposure should be at sunrises and sunsets, but not unshielded midday temperate sun. So while your Bird Of Paradise plant is still younger, it’ll be beneficial to place it at a eastern or western window where the sunlight energy is just appropriate.
Keep the soil moisty all-year-round. While it is crucial to water the plant consistently, ensure that you don’t overwater it such that its soil gets waterlogged.
During temperate seasons like the summer, water the plant daily to keep it moist because it loses more water through its big leaves during those times.
Bird Of Paradise is an impressive plant that tends to grow rapidly and needs to reach a certain size before it blooms. Ensure to repot it every spring to an appropriate larger pot so that its growth won’t be constrained.
Once it reaches maturity, stop the repotting so as not to disrupt its blooming cycle.
This plant doesn’t depend solely on fertilizers to grow healthily. To aid its growth, you can apply slow-release pellets during the spring.
Applying liquid fertilizers on weekly basis is an option if its soil is not so rich in nutrients.
While growing a Bird Of Paradise plant, you might witness some pest infestations on your plant, especially by spider mites. As soon as the pests appear, get rid of them by spraying the plant with natural insecticides every week until they are gone.
Yellowing of lower leaves close to a wet potting mix may be a sign that your plant is being overwatered. Wilting, curly leaves may be signs of your plant being underwatered. Ensure that the water level of your plant’s soil or planting material is regulated accordingly.