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PLANT SPOTLIGHT: Bird of Paradise

Birds of Paradise are large, relatively easy to grow plants that lend a bold tropical flair to any indoor space. With proper care, a bird of paradise can grow to over six feet tall indoors, and if given the right conditions can produce beautiful, ornate flowers. The trick to successful growth indoors is bright light with direct sun, regular watering, and warmth. Learn more about caring for this statement-making houseplant below!


  • Light: Bright, indirect light to full sun (though be sure to acclimate it slowly to prevent leaf burn). The plant will need some direct sun if you want it to bloom, but avoid midday sun which is the harshest. If it has grown in a less well lit spot previously, be careful to expose it to full sun bit by bit so it won’t burn. Should you move it outdoors for the summer, place it in partial shade first and edge it out into the sun gradually.

  • Soil: A rich, well-draining soil that still retains some moisture, and be sure your container has proper drainage. Because the bird of paradise enjoys well-drained, humus-rich soil, an organic potting mix should work well.