Image by Michael Zimmer
By Nikki Phipps
(Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden)
Bird of paradise is a popular houseplant, or garden addition in warmer climates, producing beautiful flowers reminiscent of flying birds. But what do you do when there are no flowers on bird of paradise plants? How to make bird of paradise flower can be tricky unless the proper growing conditions are met.
Why a Bird of Paradise Might Not Be Blooming
One of the most common reasons bird of paradise blooms fail to flower is insufficient light. These plants require at least four to six hours of full sun (or bright light indoors) in order to bloom sufficiently. They should also be kept evenly moist throughout summer but need to dry out between watering.
It’s also helpful to fertilize these plants during their active growth at least every couple of weeks with a general purpose water-soluble fertilizer.
Another factor to look for when there are no flowers on bird of paradise is the planting condition. Container grown plants will bloom more profusely if kept slightly pot bound. Repotting too often can inhibit the flowering of bird of paradise blooms for up to two years. Instead, you should simply topdress the plant with fresh potting soil in spring.
They also require shallow planting in well-draining soil. In fact, roots near the top of the soil may actually help to encourage blooming.
How to Help Bird of Paradise Flower Bloom
The best way to encourage blooming in bird of paradise plants is to simply provide adequate growing conditions. If you recently divided or repotted your bird of paradise, this is most likely the reason for non-flowering. If it’s planted too deeply, it may need to be replanted or repotted but this will also delay future flowering.
If it’s not getting enough light, move it elsewhere. Finally, make sure it is receiving adequate water and fertilizer throughout the growing season.
Now that you know some tips on how to make bird of paradise flower, you will be able to enjoy the bird of paradise blooms on your plant at home.