The Q&A Archives: Non-Flowering Bird of Paradise

Question: I planted a bird of paradise two years ago, and while it has grown substantially, it has failed to produce any flowers. It is planted in a sunny location, facing south, in sandy soil which I fertilize with black hen manure, blood meal and bone meal on a rotating cycle. I have a well sprinkling system, which waters twice weekly, for thirty minutes. I've had the well water tested for salt content and it is in the safe range. What can I do to force it to bloom?

Answer: That's a tough one! It sounds like you are doing everything right. Bird-of-paradise prefers a rich, loamy soils with good drainage, but is not that picky about growing in a sandy soil.

The bird-of-paradise will bloom in sunny or partially shaded locations. Plants grown in partial shade will be taller and have somewhat larger flowers. In full sun, plants are smaller and flowers are on shorter stems.

The plants need to be kept moist. Give them plenty of water during the growing season to produce a strong plant that can bloom well during fall to spring blooming season.

I guess you should just keep doing what you are doing. Hopefully, it will settle down and start blooming soon!

Thanks for the question!

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