The bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia reginae), also known as a crane flower, is an herbaceous plant native to South Africa that grows in clumps reaching up to 5 feet tall. The blue petals and orange sepals of the flower grow out of a bract that resembles a bird’s beak. The flower resembles a brightly colored bird in flight, hence the name. Healthy bird-of-paradise plants can produce dozens of flowers throughout the year in warm-weather regions. Fertilize bird-of-paradise plants to ensure proper growth and increase flowering.
Remove all debris from the soil surrounding the bird-of-paradise plant. Trim away dead foliage and flowers.
Spread fertilizer around the plant once every 90 days. For the organic gardener, apply bone meal, compost, sludge or well-rotted manure to the soil surrounding the plant. Follow all directions, warnings and suggestions on the manufacturer’s packaging.
Water the fertilizer into the soil so it reaches the roots.
Bird-of-paradise plants can briefly tolerate temperatures that dip as low as 24 degrees F. Move potted plants indoors during extended periods of cold to avoid frost damage to the flowers.