The Q&A Archives: don't have the green thumb

Question: Hi,
Thank-you in advance! We just purchased a Bird of Paradise plant -for indoor- & need to know as to how to care for the plant.

from Las vegas, NV

Answer: Bird-of-Paradise can be grown indoors all year around, but you could take it outdoors in the summer to brighten a deck or patio or entryway. Strelitzia (Bird-of-Paradise) requires average household warmth (nighttime temperature minimums of 55F-60F in the winter), bright light but shade from hot afternoon sun, regular water during the growing season (allowing the soil to dry out between waterings), and very little water in the winter. Mist the leaves occasionally during periods of active growth. Strelitzia takes a bit of patience - new plants take 4-6 years before flowering starts. But, once they begin flowering, they're beautiful.

Enjoy your new plant!

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