growth and flowering, bird-of-paradise requires
fertilization. Slow-release fertilizers, such as sewage
sludge and bloodmeal, or an inorganic complete
fertilizer such as 12-4-8, can be used. Apply
slow-release fertilizers at a rate of three to five
pounds per 100 square feet of bed area and 12-4-8 at the
rate of one pound per 100 square feet of bed area.
Spread fertilizer around plants every three months
during the growing season. Addition of minor elements is
once a year, preferably during summer, remove dead
leaves and old flower stalks to prevent fungal organisms
from building up on dead tissue.
the bird-of-paradise is a tropical plant, it will
tolerate temperatures as low as 24°F for a short time.
However, temperatures at freezing or below may damage
developing flower buds and flowers. The bird-of-paradise
can be grown in north Florida landscapes with
protection, but there is always a chance of losing a
season of blooms during a severe winter. You can ensure
blooms every year in north Florida by growing plants in
containers and moving them indoors when freezing
temperatures are expected.