I am hoping you can help me I purchased a Bird of Paradise Plant, which arrived on 2nd July, however I have researched the plant as much as I can and have kept it in the correct conditions but the leaves are still curling and turning yellow, I also spotted tiny little bugs on the plant a couple of hours ago so wiped it down with soapy water, any advice you could give me would be very much appreciated as I would love to see this plant bloom in real life, the pictures of them I have seen online are stunning.
Thank you very much for your time.
There is an indoor and an outdoor Bird of Paradise Plant. The indoor variety, Strelizia – White Bird of Paradise Plant, shown in the picture below rarely blooms indoors. Here is my best advice. A Bird of Paradise needs to be a mature plant, at least 4 or 5 years old, before it’s even capable of blooming. Once it reaches that age keep a Bird of Paradise plant root- bound and very crowded in its pot. Never re-pot a Bird of Paradise plant that is older than 4 or 5 years, just replace the upper 30% of the soil, leaving the top of the roots exposed. A Bird of Paradise Plant needs a great deal of bright light in order to bloom, moving the plant outside for the summer helps. Use a fertilizer high in phosphorus during the summer to encourage the plant to flower.
The outdoor Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia reginae, (see below) is slow-growing and will not bloom until it is three to five years old. Here are some care tips: bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. all year, no direct sun; moderate temperatures between 65-90 degrees; keep soil moist in summer allow to dry out before watering in fall and winter; feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer and monthly in fall and winter.
The leaves of a Bird of Paradise Plant curl when the plant is not getting enough light. Try moving your plant to a brighter location. If that doesn’t stop the leaves on your Bird of Paradise Plant from curling, give the plant more water. If the leaves on your Bird of Paradise Plant curl and also turn yellow or blotchy, check for spider mites.