Asked on Jun 23, 2019

How to get a Bird of Paradise to grow?

Estella M. O'DellFarmer’s wifeKen Erickson


I love Bird of Paradise they how wild in CA how can I get them to grow and thrive Hmong out hot humid climate. How do I water them no to over do I am not a green thumb.

6 answers
  • Mogie
    on Jun 23, 2019

    The Bird Of Paradise grows the best & blooms the most in full sun. It does okay in part shade & actually prefers this in blazing hot climates.

    The Bird Of Paradise looks & does the best with regular water – not too wet & not too dry. And not a few little splashes every now & then but a deep watering every couple of weeks in the hotter months.

    The Bird Of Paradise isn’t too fussy as to soil which is evidenced by the wide variety of places it grows in. It does prefer a loamy, somewhat rich mix however & needs good drainage.

    It’s hardy to 25-30 degrees F. The Bird Of Paradise grows in USDA zones 10-12 & also in zone 9 with protection from prolonged freezes. You can grow it outdoors in the warmer months & move it indoors when the temps drop.

    A good blast with the garden hose will send those pests flying. Just be sure to get the undersides of the leaves & in the nodes as well. A homemade spray with a mild, natural dish soap & water will help as well.

    Bird Of Paradise don’t require much pruning at all. You’ll want to remove the dead flowers & any unsightly foliage.

  • Nancy Turner
    on Jun 23, 2019

    When we lived in Naples, Florida we put some in our front garden and they were no problem to take care of and turned into gorgeous plants. Occasional deep watering when it was not the rainy season was all it took to keep them looking good and as Mogie stated, remove spent flowers and dead foliage to keep them looking at their best.

  • Ken Erickson
    on Jun 24, 2019

    I would assume you need the right climate or it will be a problem.

  • Estella M. O'Dell
    on Jun 25, 2019

    I live in. Spring Tx

  • Farmer’s wife
    on Jun 30, 2019

    Just be grateful. I spent weeks with an axe, shovel and aching back to remove “dwarf “ bird of paradise. Invasive! Almost knocked over a brick wall!

  • Estella M. O'Dell
    on Jun 30, 2019

    I don’t have a brick wall lots of open yard

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