Bird of Paradise Care When Indoor HousePlant

Hello. I recently bought a indoor house plant that I believe identifies as a white bird. Me being uneducated and went to Home Depot to just look around. I really liked the way it looked and how much space it would take up in my apartment was perfect. They told me it would be fine in low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron.. My apartment is bright all throughout the day but I don’t know that its direct sun light. I never use the A/C in my apartment and my living room stays pretty warm. So what are my options as of right now? I thought about maybe buying a light specifically for it if I need to or will it be fine in my living room? I looked at some online pictures of the white bird “bird of paradise” and it looks just like it but minus the flowering part. Any help would be great.

Hi Dee,

It sounds like they sold you a Bird of Paradise plant that is the outdoor variety. The indoor houseplant variety never blooms! Here is a picture of the indoor Bird of Paradise Plant.


If you plan to keep the plant (you can return it to Home Depot & they will refund your money) you need to give a Bird of Paradise Plant very bright light. A Bird of Paradise Plant can even be placed in the direct sun if you do it gradually and allow the leaves to slowly adapt. You may have to move a Bird of Paradise Plant to different areas of your home as the seasons change in order to give it adequate light. Placing a Bird of Paradise Plant close to a south- facing window is always best. You can read more about an indoor Bird of paradise in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.