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Bird of Paradise- Strelitzia

These rich, tropical foliage plants with gorgeous blooms of orange, yellow, white and touches of indigo perched on long stems look like the crests of exotic birds peeking through the leaves. Easy to see how these impressive plants were named birds of paradise. These beauties are easier to grow, tolerate to drought, salty coastal conditions and make for a vigorous, rapidly growing indoor plant. Bird of paradise typically flowers in the late winter or early spring, but it can flower at other times of the year when provided optimal conditions. Closely related and mistaken as the Banana Plant, they are perfect for beginner gardeners as they are fuss-free and easy-to-maintain plants once established.

A leafy Bird of Paradise makes a bold statement against a white painted wall.

General Care

Sunlight

Bright direct sunlight or part shade

Water

Regular watering. Keep the soil continually moist throughout the year

Humidity

Medium to high humidity

Soil

Rich, well-drained potting mix

Strelitzia has an orange toned flower in the shape of a bird's head.

Common Problems

Strelizia is a relatively easy-going plant with very few issues. It is most prone to root rot and insects that prey on the plant when its optimal conditions are not met. But, if it's not overwatered, kept fed, and given ample light and air circulation—it can keep most problems at bay.

Symptom

Curling leaves

Cause

Under-watered

Symptom

Wilting or brown leaves

Cause

Overwatered/ Root Rot

Precautions

Leaves can cause a toxic reaction if ingested. It's non-toxic to humans but can be harmful to pets.

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