What is the rule for watering a BOP in container? After I brought it inside the leaves turned brown and died off so I cut them off (closest to the rootball as I could), and left one stem which has 2 leaves on it. I can’t say how often because I don’t know your summer temps. I can tell you that they do best in Phoenix in a north or east exposure, protected from the hottest sun. I live in Washington, DC, where I have grown a BOP indoors for about 20 years and I don’t recall repotting in in at least 15 years. It’s found growing alongside sidewalks and the streets, by the sea, poolside, in parking strips, in container plantings as well as in lots and lots of gardens. Two of the 7-yr-olds are producing double blooms at a time on singles stems, for 2 years. They are planted in the ground and 4ft tall. I never cut them that far down before…who knows how long they’ve been there. Nell, Hi Dave – I’ve grown them along the coast of CA which is a much more temperate climate. It has several babies. Hi Teri – Thank you! You could selectively do this so the plant doesn’t look so butchered. What should I do? Nell. Nell. Hi Mike – I’m not quite sure how to answer this because I don’t know the under what conditions your BOP is growing. Hi Chrissy – Giant BOP like regular waterings but they are prone to rot, depending on your soil drains. I would keep my BOPs & Giant BOP a bit thinned out because I liked the look better. Ironically the windows are e glass and block out uv light. It now has the leaves curling over ove and touching the floor except a few that I have tied up to a post. Common Name: Bird of Paradise. Nell. In pots, skip repotting and let stems multiply. Nell. Yours should start to put out a bit of new growth once it warms & you put it back outside. The Bird Of Paradise isn’t too fussy as to soil which is evidenced by the wide variety of places it grows in. Selective pruning generally doesn’t help. You’ll want to remove the dead flowers & any unsightly foliage. 1. Thank you for helping us spread the word & make the world a more beautiful place! Yes, you can prune the roots but not while it’s flowering. Learn more about Monrovia plants and best practices for best possible plant performance. You certainly can cut them down & protect the roots but just know that it may take all season for them to re-grow. I think I may need to call a professional such as a tree trimmer. They eventually came back just fine but believe me, it didn’t happen overnight. This large growing shrub to tender shrub-like perennial makes a fantastic show throughout summer. Mexican Bird Of Paradise Plant Uses. Nell, I have 4 BOP that the leaves curled up and yellow due to the extreme cold we had in Louisiana for two weeks. They’ll withstand drought, salty coastal conditions, light frost and general neglect. When I moved in, it had quite a few flowers. It’s hardy to 25-30 degrees F.  The Bird Of Paradise grows in USDA zones 10-12 & also in zone 9 with protection from prolonged freezes. Nell, Hi Kristin – October/November is a great time for planting or transplanting in LA. Do you have any idea why this change from single to double blooms would happen? They haven’t had blooms for many years and wonder what to do to produce blooms again. –> The leaves would greatly appreciate a good cleaning every now & then. The opening process can take a while. A combo of compost & manure (or worm compost) is great. If repotting is worth it, do I need to prune the roots, or do anything else with the roots, and if so how much, and how can I tell? I did transplant it summer. Hope you can tell me what to do. I’m in the mountains in Central Mexico 6;250 ft above sea level. Hi Sandy – Thank you! The plants are green, never have bloomed but that’s ok. They're slow growers to about 4 to 6 feet tall and wide, and are considered deer … The plant forms a 3- to 5-foot-tall clump that can be used as a focal point i… Strelitzia reginae is a native to the eastern coastlines of southern Africa, where it grows wild in patches that are sometimes miles across. 8-14" spiked clusters of up to 40 pinkish-red ball-like buds open to yellow butterfly-like blooms, then fade to a deep orange and gold, and finally turning to a deep reddish-orange to red. I have 4 birds of paradise plants in the corners of my sunroom I have a regular sized one that is doing well. My husband gave it some fertilizer but not a liquid type though. If the leaves are party to fully brown, it could be fertilizer burn, too much water, too little water or a combo. Is there something I can do to help avoid this with the newer leaves? Be careful not to over-water, and reduce watering during the cooler months. 3) it can take them at least 6 months to recover 4) they like to be watered really well (which means deeply) after the transplant. All I can recall is that the optimum light for flowering plants would be 65-70% fluorescent & 35-30% incandescent. It’s been in the same pot the whole time. I’m planning on keeping some of the healthy divisions and planting them elsewhere in the garden. My neighbors cut their 2 very old & large BOPs back to about a foot from the ground. I would soak my very established 19′ GBOP in Santa Barbara, CA every 2-4 weeks in the months when it didn’t rain. What do I do? What you need to know about bird of paradise Name: bird of paradise, strelitzia , crane flower, bird’s tongue flower (Strelitzia reginae) Plant type: evergreen, forms a trunkless clump Height: to around 1.2m tall by 2–3m wide with age Foliage: similar to a small banana leaf but on a stem, very rigid, green to grey-blue. Their roots are very tough & thick (hard to divide a mature one growing in the garden) so check to see it has enough root space. When I say giant, I mean GIANT. They prefer deep waterings to frequent,shallow waterings. Looking like one of the many fabulous birds of tropical Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, the flamboyant flowers of the bird of paradise (Strelitzia spp, also called crane flowers) come in a shock of orange, yellow, blue and red against the from the tall, dense, grey-green or blue-green leaves.. I can’t reach the center) and leave all the healthy bits to so their thing (lots and lots of new leaves coming in! Eventually, they died. It’s best to transplant them in spring or summer. They’re sometimes sold on amazon, ebay & etsy but I have no idea of the quality. It can take them up to 5 years to flower. When not tapping away at her keyboard, Laura can be found making endless cups of tea or perusing the shelves of Sydney’s many bookstores. Watch the video below. You'll also do well to pick a south facing window if some shielding is provided from harsh summer sun which can burn the leaves of immature plants. I am keeping it outside in a planter, about 2 feet diameter, or a tiny bit more. The Bird Of Paradise grows the best & blooms the most in full sun. Bird of Paradise Dwarf is perfect for shrub borders, and because of its size the dwarf Strelitzia Reginae is ideal for growing in mid size pots. 1) even tough the roots are tough, if you cut into too many, the plant will suffer. In containers use a good quality potting mix that drains freely. They tend to be the smaller growth which appears off the base. Bird-of-paradise or crane flower (Strelitzia reginae) is a native of South Africa and is closely related to the banana. Flowers colors range from orange to red to yellow, and the blooms appear in warm months of the year. 06/08/2016. Many thanks, Sofia – Birds Of Paradise are very tough once established. –> High light is the key. We have a bop at our office. I have a massive bird of paradise bush on myy front porch. I have noticed that it does occur on older plants with quite a bit of “clump” to them because I haven’t seen any newly planted or younger plants with those double blooms. Bird Of Paradise Plant Care In Southern California this plant, with its bright, bold and easily recognizable flowers, is ubiquitous. I need to replant but am unsure of how deep I should plant them. « I’m Taking A Break – I’ll Be Back Soon In My New Home! I am in southwest Florida and the bop does beautifully, in this case to well. It’s not common for them to flower indoors because they need a lot of year round high light indoors. Any idea why? However, I think it is dead. Nell, Hi Ruth – That’s longevity! Knowing that there is less humidity indoors, I do “mist” the plant daily. Most common disease are fungus-based, and root rot. I would love to sent photos to you. If the roots are coming out the bottom or it’s looking stressed, then it’s time to repot. Get your mag delivered!-Save 29% off the cover price! They were then able to clean out the inside. Step 1 Grow bird of paradise plants in well-drained, fertile soil in a sunny or partially sunny location. I put the pot outside in summer and inside in winter months. When potting, the Bird of Paradise Dwarf can be moved indoors and grow as a dependable, care free houseplant. It’s found growing alongside sidewalks and the streets, by the sea, poolside, in parking strips, in container plantings as well as in lots and lots of gardens. ». Planting too deep might hinder flowering. Is it worth repotting the three original plants if I would like it to recover its height or is it too far gone or too old? It gets regular water and a lot of sunlight. There is a lot of natural, but not direct, light in the room. Hi Lisa – Happy to share! Nell. Bird of paradise, or strelitzia reginae, produces thick, leathery leaves and colorful flowers that resemble the shape of a bird's head. The flowers of the plant resemble the head of a bright tropical bird, hence the name. My son bot this one for me as a Mother’s Day gift since I had been looking for one. It has never bloomed. The flower structure is one of the most unusual in the plant kingdom. Could I cut them down (as I will my outdoor bananas), protect the roots from water and frost and expect that they’ll come back in the spring? Give the Bird Of Paradise as much natural light as you can – it needs this for foliage & flower production. I am having a hard time finding really good instructions for dividing these plants. A lot of stems of browning leaves looked healthy on the outside, but had a hard dark brown chute in the center. The size of a small car. In winter they could most likely take more sun. I just had a friend tell me today, “that’s not going to live, it’s going to die. Transfer the orange bird of paradise from the growing container to a pot about the same size or slightly larger. 2. can I save the babies or o they share the age with the original one? The plant produces stems that grow in a clump. Anywhere from 5-10 years. Hi Alexsandra – My neighbor in Santa Barbara CA cut their 5′ BOPs down to 10″ above the ground. The unusual blossoms are similar to bird of paradise - and at first glance orange varieties of this plant are often mistaken for orange bird. Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a5e0cfd97965257200caaedc8b4df2b7" );document.getElementById("dbea3e9ff2").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Hi, I’m Nell, and this is where I celebrate all things garden and share my passion for plants, flowers and the great outdoors. Or as long as it comes out with a pull it won’t damage the plant? I live in Northern Cali in Vacaville. Hi Nell, Ive had my BOP for about 3-4 years now and it finally pushed out a flower!!! I purchased it at about 4 feet tall and quite full. My largest is 20 feet tall and produces gorgeous white flowers. Care For A Bird Of Paradise Plant. The GBOP is much harder to divide than the regular BOP because it’s so much bigger & tougher. It took a while for them to start coming back. How do I know if I’m giving it too much or not enough water? It’s an evergreen variety and is a tropical plant. Bird of paradise is widely grown in warm and tropical areas, but can be grown indoors in cooler climates. Maybe the plant was too dry when those leaves were opening? If you think it’s over fertilization (I can’t tell you for sure because I don’t know what he used or how you’ve been taking care of it), then you want to flush as much of it out as possible. Not all plants will produce a lot of suckers. What should I do to make it bloom?Hr,p! Give it plenty of room and a Will the plant give me signs, before it’s too late? I would assume the same in Dubai. Native to Africa, strelitzia can grow up to 1.3 metres tall and spread up to two to three metres wide when aged, and has similar foliage to that of banana leaves. Nell. Nell. I moved from California to Arizona in June & miss my 20′ GBOP. The plants looked horrible for about a year but they did eventually grow back beautifully. I’ve been hacking off browning leaves all day, and all of the leaves that are significantly brown or dry have that dark brown hard chute in the center. This plant is famous for its round palm-like leaves and its brightly-coloured architectural flowers that bloom to look like tropical birds – earning the strelitzia the household name of ‘Bird of Paradise’ plant. Botanical Name: Strelitzia Reginae 200mm Pot. Bird of paradise is a tropical plant, thriving with high humidity. I waited almost 60 days for the last leaf to open before doing it myself. It bloomed for me last winter in the garage. 2) the best time to do it is spring or early summer. Hope that helps, Nell. at his point. When the top few inches of soil are dry, water again. Oh, I love to create so you’ll find a bit of that in the mix along with lots of videos too. I live in “USDA Plant Hardiness Zone,” 10A. Its attractive pointy leaves remain dark green in color with curious bluish-green undersides throughout the year. A homemade spray with a mild, natural dish soap & water will help as well. I had to sit down on the sidewalk to take the pic! Do I cut down the whole BOP to the base of the plant? They’ve been on a drip system so I think they’re getting the right amount of water. Thanks SO much for your help! Nell. most of the flowers exceed 12 inches tip to tip and the green stems look like trees towering 20 feet. If it’s completely brown, it’s best to cut it back & have it rejuvenate. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Here’s my question though… when a new leaf emerges it never opens on its own… we’ve had to “birth” them, which leads to split or fractured leaves. I’ve been here 2 years, and it was here before I got here. Kind regards from South Africa. The garden experts at Bunnings suggest popping you strelitzia in a suitably warm and sunny position, and don’t forget to keep it watered in summer. Bird of Paradise ‘Bird of Paradise‘ includes two different plant genera with similar names – Strelitzia genus, and Caesalpinia.Plants from the Strelitzia genus is mainly known as florist flower, native to humid and warm areas of South Africa; in zones 9-11, you can grow it as outdoor perennials and can be grown as a houseplant anywhere else.. I put an overhead fixture above each one and have been using a led bulb with 11 red and 4 blue lights. The majority of the ones which grow around Santa Barbara don’t get any. This plant loves crowds and a little root restriction will encourage blooming. Hi Liz – That’s normal. The best time to prune/repot is spring or summer. I bought a house in LA that has a massive bird of paradise that is a bit bigger than the one pictured above in which your neighbor “mohawked.” We cut it that same way last summer and it has already doubled in height since then. The best time to transplant strelitzia outdoors is during late spring or early summer. It’s a slow process indoors but an option. Thanks for your help! The top part of the leaf is uncurling but the bottom part is getting “stuck” on the stem of the neighboring leaf. There is a new leaf coming through but I am not sure if that is brown as well? Laura Barry is a writer, bookworm and interior design enthusiast with a love for reporting on all things homes, travel and lifestyle. Is there any hope? However it didn’t grow at all this summer… what can I do to keep it growing Quantity. If you desire an even smaller variety take a look at the Caesalpinia Pulcherrima. Be sure it gets deep waterings as it’s coming back. Yours is old enough to bloom. Nell. Do I cut the flowers off after they peak? –> Just like outdoors, it likes to grow crowded so don’t rush to do any transplanting. LOL, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s even a bop! Strelitzia Reginae Dwarf Bird of Paradise 200mm Pot. The lack of flowering could be due to lack of light. As the plant ages, more flowers will appear. Thanks so much. With proper care, a bird of paradise can grow to over six feet tall, even indoors. Thanks, Krishnee, Hello Nell! California. It does okay in part shade & actually prefers this in blazing hot climates. How can I plant the seeds to so if I can grow them.. Hi Leslie – If your BOP is hitting the ceiling, it sounds like you have a Giant Bird Of Paradise. This plant likes to be crowded. Hi Nell. This plant is susceptible to root rot so don’t keep it “mushy”. Hi Shandra – It’s best to keep up on the pruning of a Bird Of Paradise. It is sometimes referred to as the Crane plant due to the flowers looking like the feathers on the head of a crane. Throughout the rest of the United States, it enjoys widespread popularity as a dependable houseplant. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for other plants that would complement the BOP and that would have similar care requirements. Just be sure to get the undersides of the leaves & in the nodes as well. Yes, a professional would be a good idea unless you can handle the weight. You can also apply a 2″ layer of organic compost &/or worm castings in the spring. I live in Ohio and my BOP is about 8-10 years old. Bird of Paradise has a very tough root system & will eventually overtake & crowd out other plants so it’s best to not plant anything to close to it. I would appreciate your recommendation on this rescue. I was raised in New England, spent 30 years in CA & now live in AZ. Hi Nell, They are doing great! You need a very sharp knife & a very sharp shovel to do it. The horticultural gurus at Yates suggest giving an indoor strelitzia a solid start to life indoors. I thought they lasted much longer?? If you liked this Bird Paradise Plant Care blog you should also check the one I did on the Giant Bird Of Paradise. If it looks like it needs a little boost mid-summer, then do it again. I’ve had them for 6 years and just want them to be happy!! It’s easily over 6ft tall, and is as wide as the space allows. Hi Jacqueline – I’ve only transplanted an established BOP once but I’ll tell you what I learned &/or know. All the stalks started falling over all new growth turned brown cut off bad stalks. The Bird of Paradise plant, or strelitzia, is a large and gorgeous foliage plant that looks just as majestic indoors in a pot, as it does outside in the garden.This plant is famous for its round palm-like leaves and its brightly-coloured architectural flowers that bloom to look like tropical birds – earning the strelitzia the household name of ‘Bird of Paradise’ plant. I’ve decided to really get after the rotten parts this time, and realized that there over a hundred rotten stem stumps at the base. Sounds like a fungal disease to me. Right now, it’s growing against a wall in a flower bed alongside our driveway, and I’d really like to divide the plant so it’s as big around as a basketball and not a Volkswagen . I put one in the ground and the others in pots. I live in South Carolina, Hi Cheryl – Bird of Paradise likes sun & warm temps to grow; a lot depends on the weather. Nell, Hi Nell, I live in Tasmania, Australia. I woulk love to know if it can be done. Nell, I planted my bird of paradise in my garden this past summer and it was beautiful all summer. Will it heal itself and where will the plant grow from now? Hi Paulette – I’ve never grown one from a rhizome, but I do know that it can take a while for them to bloom. Protect bird of paradise plants any time temperatures drop toward freezing. thanks!! I have two bird of paradises on my property in Los Angeles (And that’s all so far lol). Any tips would be appreciated I do not want it to look butchered, this is our busy season with lots of foot traffic currently having to walk around the plant. Nell, I have been watering a great deal because of new sod. The Bird of Paradise plant, or strelitzia, is a large and gorgeous foliage plant that looks just as majestic indoors in a pot, as it does outside in the garden. I moved to Santa Barbara where you can find them everywhere. I have it placed in an area outside where it will get direct sun most of the day. To increase humidity, run a humidifier, mist your plant every other day, or place it on a saucer of pebbles with a little water added. The Mexican Bird of Paradise is a great addition to large patios or decks, low-maintenance medians, compact urban lots, parking lot islands, in containers. What is a Bird of Paradise plant? Mar 26, 2019 - Bird of Paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae) colorful open flowers resemble exotic bird, enjoys sunny weather, attracts birds, slow grower, [CARE DETAILS] They like rich, organic feedings. Hi Nell, I have several beautiful Giant Bird of Paradise plants (trees!) Here are a couple of Birds growing in shade in Santa Barbara. But the flower died in less than a month. Thanks for your advice. How to tell the difference between strelitzia species, 5 ways to add colour to your garden in winter, The essential guide to Australian native plants. My BOP has never flowered. I’ve only had the plant for about 2 months. The distinctive bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae or Strelizia nicolai) is one of the best known of all the tropical flowers and is a cousin to the banana.Surprisingly, the bird of paradise is easier to grow than many tropical plants and makes for a vigorous, rapidly growing indoor plant. Will this damage the plant? They like regular water & not to be too wet or too dry. Problem is, on the 3 new plants some of the stalks are dead or dying and the flowers start to bloom, then die, with a strange resin looking substance on them. This is what the neighbors down the street did to the 2 Birds of Paradise on either side of their front steps. I do love them, Thanks, Hi Pam – Plant those clumps so that the top of the root balls are level with the soil as they’d been growing before. –> In terms of feeding, you can give your Bird Of Paradise a drink with a balanced organic liquid houseplant fertilizer in the spring. Nell. Could it have been too much water? 6 months later, we had 14 beautiful flowers. Birds of paradise are large, relatively easy to grow plants that lend a bold tropical flair to any indoor space. Hi Cindy – Bird Of Paradise bloom better when kept slightly pot bound. 10 years ago it grew straight up to 10 feet in my double living room. My guess (& this is a guess!) My parents had a bird of paradise in a pot for 5 yrs and now I have it . ), but…what more can I do? I am wondering if because of all of the watering their root system is shallow. The leathery leaves are held upright on stiff leafstalks and are about 6 inches wide and 18 inches long. I just brought a couple BoP from SoCal back to Dubai with me. Generally every 2-4 years does it. © 2020 Joy Us Garden | Care, Propagation, and Pruning About | Contact | PRIVACY POLICYDesign By Viva la Violet, Mother Nature Inspired Christmas Ornaments. I would love a good video on this process even if you use the regular Bird of paradise to illustrate the process. Not enough sunlight and moisture means the flowers may not bloom, Over-watering is bad for this plant, only water when needed. Make sure that you can maintain as much root as possible when transplanting. We live in South Carolina where the weather is extremely warm and humid in summer month, was wondering if the climate will be right for these beauties? They need bright natural light indoors (but no direct hot sun) & a fair amount of water. Orange bird of paradise will grow in full sun but seems happiest in part sun or part shade. Even though they bloom best when potbound, they could be too crowded. I’m including this because the flowers were regular sized but the plants themselves were only 1 to 1 -1/2′ tall. Hi Pamela – BOPs bloom when older. Hi Nell, We had a very large, neglected BOP in our sunny front yard in San Jose, but we needed to reduce the size for a new landscape design. The leaves and in some cases flowers are canopying over a foot path and I need to get it back from the hardscape. Hi there! The plant is native to South Africa and requires a steady climate between 50-72 degrees Fahrenheit (10-20 degrees Celsius) to thrive. This plant is not a giant, it has the yellow, orange and blue flowers. I’m going to try my hardest to cut all the rotten stems down as far as I can (It is a BIG bush. They have large bulbous roots. It blooms the heaviest, in Southern California anyway, fall through spring & then intermittently in summer. They can be somewhat difficult to dig up (to remove that portion hanging over) because of their fibrous “intense” root system so the easier thing to do would be to cut those stems all the way down to the ground. Nell, Hey, Neil The bird of paradise needs to be trimmed to remove any clumps from the base of the plant and to remove invasive leaves and flower blooms. Plant Care 101: Bird of Paradise | Strelizia Nicolai - YouTube Many plants around Santa Barbara would have all single flower blooms & 1 double. Andrew, Hi Andrew – Bird Of Paradise is a really tough plant. For bird of paradise care outdoors, make sure your plant is well watered before a predicted cold spell by soaking the area around the root zone. Hi Sandra – They need around 6 hours of sun per day to bloom. The flowers usually appear between April and November, but may not appear until the plant is 4 to 5 years old. If you like bold tropical foliage and big bright blooms then it’s so well worth the effort. I live in Tampa FL and have 2 BOP in my screened pool area. They are about 30 years old! Not much if any is necessary. is that it’ll be ok. Nell, Hello Nell. All the other plants are flourishing. Bird of Paradise, Bird of Paradise Bush, Desert Bird of Paradise, Yellow Bird of Paradise, Paradise Caesalpinia, Paradise Poinciana This striking plant is most commonly known for its unique shaping and colours. I live in the sunny part of San Francisco. But maybe that’s the only way to treat it Hope that helps! This plant is really easy to care for outdoors (it’s 1 tough puppy) but is a little more of a challenge indoors. They are leggy with few smaller leaves on them. You can grow it outdoors in the warmer months & move it indoors when the temps drop. Here is our guide to growing a Bird of Paradise plant. when pruning my bop, I have a hard time determine the suckers from the good stems. I have had a BOP for At least 20 years. And, you need to get a fair amount of the roots with the division. I don’t have any BOP’s or GBOP’s here so unfortunately I can’t do a video for you. I do the “finger check” to see when it needs water. You can take them off after they’re spent if you’d like. Will they burn in full sun or should they be partial shade for the summer than back to full sun for the cooler winter months? The B O P has withered and The red bird of paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima) a flowering broadleaf evergreen shrub native to tropical and subtropical climates.Unlike many tropical plants, it has a good tolerance for drought, making it a favorite for desert landscapes. I bought a gallon size pot at Home Depot and split it in three main clumps to bring back. 2 clumps have come out. Could be not enough light, they need feeding or they need dividing. –> You want to give keep it slightly moist by giving it regular water. I have three potted birds of paradise, and they’re all doing so well outside (I live in zone 8 in Portland, OR). Monrovia's Bird of Paradise details and information. Thanks for all the great tips! Transplanting depends on the size of the plant, the size of the pot it’s in & how fast it’s growing. Love your blog, thanks so much for sharing your green wisdom! … Hi – I honestly don’t have experience with growing plants under artificial light. BUT, the foliage is constantly coming. The bird of paradise strelitzia is poisonous to dogs, cats and most other household pets when eaten, so you want to be sure that they are not able to nibble at the plant. Hi Dan – I live in Tucson so I know what you mean. In the cooler, darker months be sure to back off on the watering allowing it to dry out before doing it again. I’ve had to transplant it once, as its roots were overflowing the pot, and the plant is now hitting the ceiling in my living room – still no sign of flowers though. Hi Peter – You can always cut the stems down to about 3’tall & have them rejuvenate as new plants. When you plant a young Bird Of Paradise don’t be surprised if it doesn’t flower for the 1st few years. Hi Nell, I live in South Africa. Nell. Last winter, I brought them inside because there’s no way they’d survive the cold, but they’re all so big now and there’s absolutely no place for them inside. Bird of Paradise Care Guide Light. It’s in full sun on half the bush. I need the smaller one to do flower arrangements. Thanks! The flowers usually last 2-4 weeks once they open. Any ideas about planting in very hot climates ( similar to Phoenix ~I guess). Native to South Africa, Strelitzias are tough plants. Is this normal? The pot has good drainage. Hi Pam. Hi Nell, I live in San Jose, CA. Curling leaves are usually a sign. After 3 or 4 months, I decided to cut off anything dead. Hi Barbara – Not that I’m aware of. It hasn’t rained here (Anaheim) in eons. Hi, great pics and tips! Thanks for your advice! The plants do best in Zone 10, but can be container-grown in Zone 9B and moved indoors when cold snaps hit. I’ve only seen them with mealy bugs but have read that they can be susceptible to scale & spider mites as well. The Bird of Paradise plant is also poisonous to cats and dogs if eaten, so steer clear of this one if your pet has a habit of chewing on your plants. It’s the size of a shrub! –> You want to plant it in a nice, rich potting mix. The next yr, he brought me some seeds from Hawaii, they are so kewl looking! The plant was doing good for 8 yrs last year bloomed several times. When soil is completely dry, water enough to saturate the soil then not again until completely dried out. It was doing great we transfer it into a bigger pot but we had a harsh weather wk with temp down to 18° .. it warmed up since then but I think it dead. 1. Any idea what we’re dealing with? PJ, Hi Pj – The Giant Bird Of Paradise is a beautiful plant. I live in zone 8 and mine is in its original pot after 2 yrs of planting pot in the ground and digging up in late fall to go in garage for winter protection I would think it needs to be transplanted but want to be sure. Keep the plant in a sunny, brightly-lit spot, Water when the surface of the soil feels dry. I could saw off the lower flowers, but my neighbor who was a professional gardener took care of the upper ones. KL, Hi Kay – I’m not sure what causes those double BOP flowers but I do know that it’s not unusual. (trying) to keep it as in indoor plant. A good blast with the garden hose will send those pests flying. They’ve more to offer than just looks though. As to the resin, BOP flowers secrete a sugary nectar which oozes out of them & drips down. It does prefer a loamy, somewhat rich mix however & needs good drainage. Not enough? It would always appreciate topdressing with some good, rich, organic compost. Looking for some advice on how to choose the perfect location for a plant outside? It has been in sun, and indirect light. I’ve had some Birds of Paradise for 7 years and others for about 2 1/2 years. I am PJ in Houston. Use a high-quality potting mix to fill your pot and choose a pot at least 40cm wide pot with holes for drainage. How can you tell when it is pot bound enough to transplant into next size pot? Please help me help my beautiful bop, Hi Kollen – With temps below freezing, you want to bring you plant inside the house or at least in the garage if temps stay lower than 32 degrees. Or would that kill them? He also sawed off the too tall stems & ones that were leaning. The leaf edges turn brown, curl  & split in response to not enough water. Known as Mexican bird of paradise (along with many other common names), the red bird of paradise (C. pulcherrima) is oftentimes confused with the actual Mexican bird of paradise tree (C. mexicana). I bought a Bird of Paradise plant 2 months ago from the local nursery. I barely remember to water it, but the bottom is all wet and mushy. When we moved a couple of very mature BOP’s, we did the soak well with water over time method & dug them out over a 2 day period. It has spread too far and now I need to cut some of the stalks down. Within both genera, there are numerous types of bird of paradise plants suitable for warm regions in which theyre hardy. Should I cut the dead bloom off now? I have one inside that I water about every 3 days…that one is doing great, but the ones outside and flopped over any advice? A couple of the leaves never opened fully – they are still tightly curled at the outer ends, and the leaves have torn where the lower part of the leaf unfurled. Their common name comes from their striking flowers – bright, plumed blooms perched on long stems that look like the crests of tropical birds peeking through the leaves. It planted in general , planting soil from the nursery, with one bag of Miracle Grow, moisture guard soil mixed in. Bird of paradise grows 3 to 5 feet in height and blooms intermittently through the year, creating a colorful focal point in warm-climate gardens. Please help! The days are getting shorter & winter is on the way but it’s not cool & rainy yet. Your cost for the products will be no higher but Joy Us garden receives a small commission. We want kinda of a tropical them we have several plants started in pots and then plan on transplanting them next year. In the landscape it forms a thick shrub. The bird of paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae) is a tropical favorite known for its flamboyant birdlike blooms. And not a few little splashes every now & then but a deep watering every couple of weeks in the hotter months. Hi could you please tell me how to get rid of BOP as we have it in front of a retaining wall and it is pushing it out. 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