White Bird of Paradise is a gorgeous plant that many people want to grow in their homes and gardens. While this is not the most complicated plant to care for, there are certain things you need to know about White Bird of Paradise care. This mainly refers to the growing conditions this plant requires to thrive.

Here are the main things you need to provide to your plant:

Space

White Bird of Paradise needs plenty of room to grow and develop. Keep this in mind when choosing the best spot for this plant in your garden or home.

Soil

White Bird of Paradise can tolerate a wide range of soils. It can grow in many different conditions so you don’t need to worry about too many things. However, you need to keep one thing in mind: it cannot tolerate extremely wet soil. This is very bad for the plant’s roots. This is why it is so important to keep your plant relatively dry.

Good soil choices include sand, clay, loam, acidic and slightly alkaline soil. Make sure it is well-drained.

Light

White Bird of Paradise plants need plenty of light, particularly indoors. Make sure to place them at such a spot that will allow them to get plenty of light. This is a sun-loving plant. At the same time, it can tolerate some shade. This gives you certain freedom to choose the best spot in your garden or home. This plant can grow in full sun, partial sun or partial shade.

Fertilizing

This plant doesn’t tolerate too much feeding. While you might use a bit of fertilizer from time to time it is best not to overdo it. This plant prefers a salt free diet so keep this in mind when it comes to feeding your plant.

Pruning

Generally speaking, there is very little pruning required for White Bird of Paradise plants. You may trim it here and there if it gets too crowded.

Keep in mind that your White Bird of Paradise will need some grooming. Make sure to remove leaves from time to time. Larger leaves can be ragged from winds.

Propagation

It is best to propagate your White Bird of Paradise from seed. This is a slow but more efficient method than the other ones. You may try to propagate your plan by division but in this case it might take some time for a new plant to start looking good.

Diseases and Pests

White Bird of Paradise plants are not the most sensitive but they can get some common diseases and pests. While they are generally resistant to many pests and diseases, it is important to say that they sometimes do have problems. Scale can sometimes be an issue. If this happens, natural neem oil is the solution. Use it as a spray to control the pests.

These problems typically occur when the plant is young and still in the nursery. Chances are that the owners won’t have any problems with pests or diseases when they move the plant to their home. However, to stay on the safe side it is always best to inspect your plant carefully from time to time.

In order to help your plant stay healthy and strong it is always best to wipe its leaves with a clean, wet cloth whenever you inspect your plant.

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