Known for its dramatic and wild looks, Birds of Paradise can easily make a tropical statement even through the colder months.
Its big leaves are often mistaken with banana plants, and can make a statement by themselves. But the plant's name actually comes from the flowers it produces when growing in their natural habitat conditions.
All native to South Africa, there are five types of Birds of Paradise. In their natural habitat, they are used to high humidity and high light conditions.
To thrive indoors, some conditions should be considered, as below:
Lighting: loves bright, indirect sun. To notice if it is not getting enough light, keep an eye for drooping leaves, new leaves that won't open, and leaf browning.
Watering: prefers moist but not soggy soil. Recommended to let soil dry out in between watering and check if top 2 inches are dry before adding water again.
Temperature: it prefers a warm environment. But make sure it is away from heating vents (or air-conditioning).
Best spot: the more sunlight, the happiest it will be.
Pet Friendly? No. Flower and fruits are toxic.
Child Friendly? No. As for pets, flower and fruits are toxic.
PRO TIP: slowly pour water around the center of it, to avoid leaving the central roots dry. Also use distilled water instead of tap water, to prevent the build up of minerals in its soil.