Bird of Paradise


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I’m Bird of Paradise and I’m exactly what I sound like: exotic, lush, and beautiful. I get my name from the beautiful flowers that I bloom from late fall to spring. They are a beautiful shade of blue and orange and when you turn the flower to the side, you will see a bird shape. These bright and vibrant hues will leave you feeling happier and ultimately reduce your stress levels. My lush, green leaves are great for cleaning and purifying the air in your home.

🌱 Care Level – Moderate: Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) requires some attention, especially in terms of light and watering, but is generally hardy.

🐾 Pet-Friendly – Warning: Toxic to pets if ingested. Can cause mild to severe digestive distress. Keep away from animals.

☀️ Light – Bright: Needs bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight is fine too, but too little light will prevent it from flowering.

💧 Water – Regular: Water thoroughly and allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. Reduce watering in winter.

🌫️ Humidity – Moderate: Prefers some humidity but is quite tolerant of average home humidity levels.

🌡️ Temperature – Warm: Ideal temperatures are between 65-70°F (18-21°C). Avoid temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

🌍 Hardiness Zones – 10-12: Can be grown outdoors in these zones. In colder climates, it’s a popular indoor plant.

🌿 Fertilizing – Regular: Fertilize every two weeks in spring and summer with a balanced fertilizer. Reduce in fall and winter.

🪴 Re-potting – Every 2-3 Years: Re-pot when the roots are crowded, typically every 2-3 years. Use a well-draining soil mix.

🧹 Cleaning – Occasional: Wipe leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and enhance the plant’s appearance.

🌱 Propagation – Division: Propagate by dividing the root clump, ideally during re-potting.

🌎 Origin – South Africa: Native to South Africa, this plant is named for its spectacular flowers, which resemble a bird in flight.

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