The bird of paradise is one of the world's most colorful and beautiful exotic flowers. A native of South Africa that requires warmth to survive, the bird of paradise is a popular ornamental garden plant in warmer parts of Florida and California, but also makes an attractive tropical houseplant. It will brighten your home in winter with beautiful blue and orange blooms.
Plant your indoor bird of paradise in a rich potting medium with good drainage, such as Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix. In spring and summer, keep the soil moist and feed your plant every 7-14 days with Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food. In the fall and winter, let the soil dry out between waterings and feed monthly. Repot young bird of paradise plants every spring to give them plenty of room to grow.
If you're fortunate enough to live in a year-round warm climate where there is little or no threat of frost, you can grow bird of paradise in your garden. Plant it in rich, loamy soil where it will get full sun. Besides regular watering and good drainage, bird of paradise needs a steady supply of nutrients. Feeding with Miracle-Gro® Shake ?n Feed® Continuous Release All Purpose Plant Food every 3 months during the growing season will aid growth and flowering.
Also known as crane flower, the bird of paradise plant gets its name from its flowers, which resemble brightly colored birds in flight. The blooms are a staple of tropical bouquets and are often thought of as the symbol of tropical flowers. The bird of paradise is so popular in Southern California that it was named the official city flower of Los Angeles.