To some of you, these plants are strictly seasonal container plants or houseplants.
Bird of paradise plant
The Bird of paradise plant, (Strelitzia reginae) can be planted in the ground in humid, mild winter areas such as Florida and other parts of the country.
If you follow the Sunset Garden Climate Zone Guide, you should be able to grow the Bird of paradise in zones 22-25, 27, and in Hawai in zones H1, H2; marginal in zones 9, 12-21.
Those outside these climate zones can enjoy the Bird of paradise as an indoor houseplant, just be aware that it is a poisonous plant if eaten.
Keep the kids and pets away from this one!
Bird of Paradise Care as an Indoor Plant
It is not surprising that the Bird of paradise has some specific climate requirements as an indoor plant.
Indoor temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees, are ideal for your “Bird.”
Place your plant in a bright light area, (it should receive at least 4 hours of direct sunlight everyday) and do not allow it to dry out!
The Bird of Paradise plant should be kept moist at all times, but not “soggy!’
Start by watering your plant once a week and monitor the soil moisture level.
You can adjust your watering schedule depending on how fast the soil dries.
If you are extremely busy, you may want to consider planting your house plants in a self watering container.
I love Lechuza planters.
Lechuza planters are stylish and can keep your plants watered for up to 12 weeks once established!
The message board over at GardenWeb has some interesting talk about Bird of paradise if you would like to explore some more.
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