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Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae)

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae)

A striking plant known for its magnificent, bird-like flowers and large, glossy foliage. This tropical beauty is a statement piece in any terrarium, drawing the eye with its impressive size and unique appearance.

Bird of Paradise Care Card

Light requirementsBright, direct light
Watering frequencyWater when the top inch of soil is dry
Humidity levelModerate, around 40-60%
Temperature range65-85°F (18-29°C)
Soil typeRich, well-draining soil
bird of paradise without flower
bird of paradise blooming

Due to its size and spectacular foliage, the Bird of Paradise works best as a background plant in larger terrariums. Its tropical appearance makes it well-suited for tropical or desert terrariums that can accommodate its need for bright light.

Detailed Care Instructions

Light: Bird of Paradise plants thrive in bright, direct light. They need a lot of light to bloom, although it’s worth noting that it’s rare for these plants to flower indoors.

Water: Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out between waterings. This plant likes to be kept consistently moist, but not waterlogged.

Soil and Fertilizer: Plant your Bird of Paradise in rich, well-draining soil and fertilize it every two weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.

Pruning and Repotting: Prune any damaged or diseased leaves to keep the plant healthy. Bird of Paradise plants like to be somewhat root-bound, so they only need repotting every 2-3 years or if they become too top-heavy.

Troubleshooting Common Problems

If the leaves are curling or the edges are browning, the plant may not be receiving enough humidity or is getting overwatered. It’s also good to keep an eye out for common pests like aphids and spider mites.


Bird of Paradise plants are usually propagated by division. During repotting, you can carefully divide the plant at the root level, ensuring each new plant has at least one growth point, then replant.


Why are the leaves of my Bird of Paradise splitting?

The leaves of Bird of Paradise plants often split as part of their natural growth. It can also occur due to low humidity or windy conditions.

Can I get my Bird of Paradise to bloom indoors?

While it’s challenging, it’s not impossible for a Bird of Paradise to bloom indoors. It needs excellent light, enough space, and proper care. Even then, it can take several years for the plant to mature enough to bloom.

Is Bird of Paradise safe for pets?

No, Bird of Paradise is toxic if ingested. It’s best to keep this plant out of reach if you have curious pets.