How to Care for a Bird of Paradise in Toronto
Bird of Paradise, commonly known as the Strelitzia nicolai, is a popular choice as a houseplant due to its striking foliage and relatively easy care requirements. Here's a care guide to help you keep your Bird of Paradise healthy and thriving indoors.


Bird of Paradise prefers bright, indirect light. Place your plant near a window where it can receive filtered sunlight. While it can tolerate some shade, it won't thrive in low-light conditions. While it likes a few hours of direct sun, avoid placing it in constant all-day direct sunlight, as this can scorch the leaves.


Maintain a consistent temperature between 18°C to 24°C during the day and avoid exposing the plant to temperatures below 10°C. It's important to protect it from drafts and sudden temperature changes, such as dry air from vents.


1. Moderate Watering: Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering. Water thoroughly, but make sure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogged soil. Overwatering can lead to root rot.

2. Water Quality: Use room temperature water and avoid letting the plant sit in standing water. Bird of Paradise is sensitive to salt buildup, so using distilled or filtered water is beneficial, but not necessary.


While Bird of Paradise can tolerate average humidity levels, it benefits from higher humidity. You can increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly or placing a humidifier nearby. Wipe the leaves occasionally to remove dust.


Plant your Bird of Paradise in well-draining potting mix. A mix formulated for tropical plants or a blend of potting soil, perlite, and orchid bark works well. Repot the plant every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its container.


Feed your Bird of Paradise with a balanced organic fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). We highly recommend using BIOS House Plant Food. Reduce or stop fertilizing in the fall and winter when the plant is in a dormant phase.


Pruning is generally minimal for Bird of Paradise. Remove any damaged or yellowing leaves by cutting them off at the base. Wipe the pruners with rubbing alcohol to prevent the spread of diseases.


Watch out for common houseplant pests such as spider mites, aphids, and scale. If you notice any pests, treat them promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Isolate the affected plant to prevent the pests from spreading.


As the plant grows, it may benefit from staking or support for its large leaves. Use bamboo stakes or similar supports to help maintain an upright and attractive appearance.

By following these care guidelines, you can enjoy the lush and tropical beauty of Bird of Paradise as a thriving houseplant in your indoor space.

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