An exotic sun worshipper, these tropical plants love bright light and warm weather. The White Bird of Paradise has tall elegant stems that splay out into its smooth, flat leaves. Getting its name from the beautiful exotic white flowers it produces in the wild, it is rare, however, that it will flower indoors when kept as a houseplant.
This plant is commonly mistaken with the banana tree, although not related.
The Bird of Paradise is native to South Africa.
Bird Of Paradise thrive in bright light, both direct and indirect, so don't be afraid to leave it in a sunny spot!
Avoid leaving them in lower light for too long.
This plant prefers moist but not soggy soil. Allow soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Test the soil by touching it to feel if it's a little dry, this will indicate that it needs watering. During the summer months, it will need more frequent watering.
The leaves will naturally split on this plant, so don’t be alarmed - this is normal and means its doing its job. This is an adaptation that allows air-flow to pass through the leaves. At times the tips may curl slightly and brown, this is also nothing to worry about, it gives the plant its wonderful textured character.
This plant is toxic if ingested so keep away from small children and pets.
Your Bird of Paradise currently lives in a (19cm diameter, 19cm height) nursery pot.
They're 90cm in height (Pot base to leaf tip).
They can reach up to 2m in height in the right conditions.