Light: Thrives in bright indirect sunlight to direct light. Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides and dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize efficiently.
Temp: Average home temperatures. Keep your plant away from drafts.
Water: Allow to dry out about half way (top 50%) between waterings. Bird of Paradise can be sensitive to hard tap water; try using filtered water or distilled water.
Humidity: Prefers higher humidity. Apply extra humidity with a humidifier or partially filled pebble tray.
Toxicity: Toxic to pets
Splits along sides of leaves: Normal adaptive precaution to help the plant bear strong winds in its natural habitat.
Yellowing lower leaves, wet potting mix: suggests the plant is being overwatered. If you see yellowing wilted leaves on your Bird of Paradise, 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. If the roots are fine, simply let the plant dry out before watering again.
Wilting, curling leaves, dry potting mix: indicates the plant is being underwatered
Will the Bird of Paradise bloom indoors? Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely it will bloom. This plant comes from the tropics, where it receives an incredible amount of sunlight and moisture that isn’t easy to replicate inside the average home. But, if your Bird of Paradise is kept in a sunny spot and keeps these few key tips in mind, you might see a bloom on your Bird of Paradise.
• Your plant needs to be at least 4 or 5 years old before they are capable of producing flowers.
• It is best to let your Bird of Paradise stay in the same pot. Do not worry if the plant becomes slightly root bound, as these plants perform and grow best when their roots are crowded in the pot.