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PlantManwithasickbir
Apr 4, 2017 7:59 AM CST
Can anyone tell me the soil, light, temp and water requirements for a Bird of Paradise?
Name: Barbalee
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Barbalee
Apr 4, 2017 8:27 AM CST
Not a clue, PlantManwithasickbir, but welcome to the forums!! Welcome! I bet someone who knows will come along soon.
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Bonehead
Apr 4, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Welcome, PlantMan! Have you checked out the plant database? Here is the generic entry: Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) and if you know your specific cultivar, you can check that entry as well. Often there will be comments below the photos that may give you additional information. This particular plant is not in my zone, so I am unfamiliar with its care. Another place to check would be the Tropical plant forum - you can search within the forum to see if there may be a past discussion about your plant, or perhaps post a question there which will get the attention of others living in tropical areas. Good luck, it's an interesting plant.
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LizDTM
Apr 4, 2017 7:57 PM CST
They grow here in Arizona like weeds, which tells me they aren't picky about soil, they love light, and they are drought tolerant.
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DaisyI
Apr 4, 2017 9:11 PM CST
I agree with all that and would add that they don't take cold very well.
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PlantManwithasickbir
Apr 6, 2017 9:36 AM CST
Thanks to everyone for your responses!
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 6, 2017 9:46 AM CST
They also grow like weeds here in Florida, with very heavy rains almost every day during the hot weather. So, they're drought tolerant, but also tolerant of generous watering in hot weather as long as they have good drainage. They will be killed to the ground by any frost, but come back up from the roots in zone 9b or higher. Any lower zone than that, they will not survive prolonged cold weather where the ground cools off.

If you have the orange birds, Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) they make great specimen plants in a large pot and will form tight clumps. They bloom best if they are left crowded in the pot and only reach 4 to 5ft. in height. They're less tolerant of cold when grown in pots, though. Move indoors if temps are forecast to fall into the 30's.

The very large white birds Giant White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) aren't really suited as potted plants simply because they get too big too fast. I have clumps of them in my garden that grow 8 or 10 feet in one summer and we're always cutting them back to keep them out of the overhead wires. Max height is often over 20ft. and they can get as tall as 35 or 40ft. The stems (not really trunks as they're watery, not woody) can be huge and heavy, often 8 to 16in. in diameter.
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