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Garden Topics: Tropicals & Houseplants

Bird of Paradise Plant 

Strelitzia Reginae

Bird of Paradise Plant Why you may want to grow it: Bird of paradise is a stunning tropical plant commonly grown as a houseplant throughout the country and a landscape plant in the frost-free tropics. As houseplants, they add elegance with the bold textural leaves. White bird of paradise, in particular, is perfect for adding vertical presence to a room and is an ideal plant for filling empty corners or breaking up an expanse of empty wall. Outdoors, even where they're not hardy, bird of paradise are excellent patio plants. The orange variety is loved for its exotic blooms and the white (a more elegant variety that seldom blooms in the north) plant adds palm-like texture to decks, patios, balconies, and other outdoor paces. If you grow bird of paradise outdoors in a cold-winter climate, you can bring it in for the winter.

How to care for it: Water bird of paradise regularly. Once established, they hold up well to drought, so you don't need to worry about them dying if you forget to water once or twice.

Fertilize bird of paradise in spring or summer with a general-purpose fertilizer such as Maxsea or Bonide Liquid Plant Food. Be sure to follow the directions on the packaging to ensure you don't fertilize too much. Bird of paradise rarely needs pruning.

Health benefits: While it's not known as a superhero in reducing airborne toxins, all broad-leaved plants are effective in improving indoor air quality.

For More Information Check Out Wikipedia:  Bird of Paradise Plant

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