What is the best fertilizer for birds of paradise?
The best fertilizer for bird of paradise is an organic fertilizer, such as sewage sludge, manure or blood meal. Fertilizer granules or controlled-release fertilizers can also be used if they are spread around the plants every three months during the growing season.
How do you make a bird of paradise bloom?
Give the plant sun to light shade. This bird of paradise will not bloom until it's mature and has formed a large clump, which may take five, eight or more years. Flowering mostly occurs fall to spring. To encourage flowering on mature plants, apply a low nitrogen, high phosphorus and potassium fertilizer.
Do bird of paradise plants need feeding?
Caring for a bird of paradise plant
Feed with a liquid house plant feed every two weeks from April to September. Strelitzias do well when slightly pot bound (their roots are fitting snugly in the pot) so only repot when roots appear at the top of the compost.
Birds of paradise are large, relatively easy to grow plants that lend a bold tropical flair to any indoor space. With proper care, a bird of paradise can grow to over six feet tall, even indoors.
If the browning continues after you've regulated a watering schedule, another common reason your Bird of Paradise is browning could be in your tap water. Tap water contains salts, chlorine, minerals and fluoride – all of which can build up in the soil of your plant causing the tips of the leaves to burn and turn brown.
When grown outdoors, this bird of paradise responds well to granular landscape fertilizers. Apply fertilizer every three months during the growing season as directed by the manufacturer. Water plants before and after applying granular fertilizer. Do not leave any fertilizer on the leaves or other parts of the plant.
Bird of paradise thrives in a well-drained organic soil. Amend the soil with compost when planting and be sure to plant in an area that is well-drained. When planting in a container, use a well-drained potting soil and add compost to the mix for fertility.
Bird of paradise propagation is not difficult and is most easily achieved by plant division. Propagating bird of paradise cuttings should take place in early spring by severing a piece of rhizome with a sharp, clean knife. Sprinkle some rooting hormone on the open cuts.
If you see yellowing wilted leaves, it could be that your plant is overwatered. Check the roots to make sure there is no root rot. If the roots are damaged, you will need to repot your plant (see below). If the roots are fine, simply let the plant dry out before watering again.
The bird of paradise should be somewhat root-bound since constricted roots encourage the plant to bloom.
Strelitzia bird of paradise needs rich soil that is well draining. It blooms most profusely when in full sun, but indoor plants should be slightly away from southern windows to avoid burning. Also, plants grown outdoors in desert climates should be planted in a partial shade situation.
Bird of Paradise Growing Instructions
Outdoors, grow white bird of paradise in sun or shade; orange bird of paradise needs full sun in order to bloom well. Indoors, they do best in medium or bright conditions. The brighter the spot, the better the orange type will bloom. Water your bird of paradise regularly.