Bird of Paradise Temperature (Tips to maintain temperature around Strelitzia)

After providing everything, my Bird of Paradise started to wilt and discolor. I had no clue what was going wrong. After searching for solutions, my friend suggested maintaining the temperature around the Bird of Paradise.

And what happened next? It bounced back to life and is now blooming happily. If you’re facing the same issue and don’t know what’s going wrong, you’ve come to the right place.

Here, I explain the Bird of Paradise’s temperature requirements and strategies for maintaining the right conditions around the plant. So, without any delay, let’s save our plant!

What Is the Bird of Paradise?

The bird of paradise blooms perfectly with the tropical color of the landscape which is an eye-catching perennial native to South Africa. They used to bloom in a way that resembled a bird in flight or an artfully folded origami sculpture. It consists of spiky-like petals from the flower bud that look similar to the head of a crowned crane which are also given the name of crane flowers. 

Botanical namePassiflora
Common NamePassionflower or passion vine
Bloom TimeSummer to early fall
Bloom ColorPurple, white, yellow and red
Special featuresButterfly host plant
SizeGrows up to 20 to 25 feet in one season
USDA Hardiness Zones5 to 11, depending on the type
Plant TypeAnnual or perennial
Bird of Paradise Temperature (Tips to maintain temperature around Strelitzia)

What is the Temperature Range for Growth and Flowering:

The bird of paradise plants like sunlight which thrive in a sweet spot of 65-80°F (18-27°C). Providing the plant with perfect warmth will make them bloom but providing them with mercury dip below 50°F (10°C) means they are kept in the danger zone that makes them sulk, leaves suffer and flowers will fall.

Providing the plant with a brief flirtation with a temperature that is below freezing will make the bird of paradise to damage that can’t be fixed by TLC. The bird of paradise will feel like leaving a tropical fish in a cold bath so avoid this situation. If you keep the plant cozy, it will bounce back with all those iconic crane-looking flowers that make your garden have perfect flowers.

Recognizing and Mitigating Temperature Stress

The following are some ways to recognize and mitigate temperature stress:

Identifying Temperature Stress:

  • In the case of plants getting curled or brown means they are having some temperature tantrum.
  • It’s the first distress signal in which leaves start to wilt and discolor.
  • If you are properly watering the plants means there is an issue in temperature around the plant.

Immediate Mitigation Steps:

  • Finding the bird of paradise is droopy or discolored then you need to move the plant away from drafts or direct heat sources.
  • Make sure to check the root ball and if it’s loose which means the plant is in trouble.
  • Don’t give the plant a cold shock by gently warming the plant’s environment.
  • In case the plant is suffering from heat stress then place it in a cooler spot or keep them in a shaded area.
  • Make sure to maintain consistency which will make the plant recover fast.

Assessing Plant Health:

  • The plant is dealing with discoloration and mushy, blackened foliage which means the plant is having severe stress.
  • In case the damage is widespread then the prognosis will not be good but this doesn’t mean the plant can’t fight back.

Preventing Future Stress:

  • Preventing the plant from any future damage is better than curing the plant.
  • Don’t place the bird of paradise near air vents and fluctuating temperatures.
  • Consistent caring for the plants is best to make them bloom.
  • You need to keep checking for early signs like browning of tips or limp leaves while maintaining all temperature tantrums.
  • Preventing temperature around the bird of paradise will result in healthy green leaves.

Strategies for Maintaining Ideal Temperatures:

Here are some important strategies for maintaining the ideal temperature around bird of paradise:

Insulation and Positioning:

  • Insulating is like a bird of paradise winter coat.
  • For insulation wrap the pot with bubble wrap or you can place the plant on a foam pad to prevent cold seeping in from window sills or patios.
  • Make sure to keep the plant away from drafty windows and doors which feels like avoiding the seat next to the restaurant door during winter obviously no one will like chilling every time when it gets to open.

Temperature Control Devices:

  • You can try using a reliable thermostat which is an unsung hero for maintaining the perfect temperature.
  • I will suggest you use a smart thermostat because who will waste time checking the temperature constantly.
  • You can use heaters but don’t place them too close.
  • There is a need to give gentle warmth from a distance that should be your aim like a cozy campfire, not a blazing inferno.

Humidity Harmony:

  • You need to maintain temperature with humidity which is like coffee and mornings.
  • Maintaining the humidity is easy when you use a humidifier that will keep the air around the bird of paradise moist enough.
  •  Need to use a humidifier because dry air is like a silent killer for tropical plants.
  • The plant keeping in dry air feels like walking into a room with dry, stale air and where you are missing the fresh breeze of the seaside.

Air Circulation:

  • It’s important to maintain good air circulation for a healthy plant environment.
  • Good air prevents it from becoming stagnant and will keep the temperature consistent.
  • Providing the plant with a small fan can make magic like a soft ocean breeze that will make the plant bear the hot day.

Seasonal Adjustments:

  • Keep in mind about the seasonal changes because, with the outside world transformation, the plant also needs a care routine.
  • You need to keep in mind the seasonal changes which feel like updating your wardrobe in which you can’t wear shorts in a snowstorm in the same way they make them prepare for winter.

Smart Monitoring:

  • Use smart device techniques to monitor and adjust the climate around the bird of paradise.
  • Using a monitor feels like having a personal plant Buttler that ensures to maintenance greenery of the plant.

Growing Bird of Paradise Indoors:

Here are some tips you need around temperature and other basic requirements such as:

Bright light:

  • The bird of paradise can grow well in higher natural light and if you don’t have it, try other supplements of light.
  • Providing the plant with high light is important for strong growth and flowering.
  • In case the sunlight hits only one side of the plant you can turn the pot weekly for even growing of the bird of paradise.

Rich soil:

  • Always use a potting mix that is designed to be used in pots.
  • The potting mix having coco coir does provide the right amount of moisture retention and drainage which results in the bird of paradise plant thriving best.


  • If you don’t want the bird of paradise to suffer from root rot, always allow the soil to dry between watering.
  • Drying the soil is most important during winter because here the plant grows slowly.
  • The use of clay pot helps in enhancing soil drying and will help to maintain airflow to roots.


  • The bird of paradise is a tropical plant that will thrive best in high humidity.
  • For increasing the humidity use a humidifier, mist the plant every other day or try placing the pot on a saucer of pebbles containing a little water in it.

Tight quarters:

  • They like the environment of crowding where in the landscape it forms a thick shrub.
  • In case of growing them in pots just skip repotting and let the stem multiply.


  • To make the plant thrive happily, apply a layer of worm casting and compost to the soil during spring and mid summer. 
  • You can feed the bird of paradise using plant food at the same time.


  • The birds of paradise do have paddle-shaped leaves that accumulate dust indoors.
  • Make sure to wipe both sides of the leaves with the help of a damp rag to keep them dust free.


I hope now you know how important is to maintain the temperature around the birds of paradise to make them bloom happily without any damage but with the temperature it’s important to provide plants with the right soil, water, fertilizer, humidity, and light which in whole make the perfect environment for the bird of paradise


What is the perfect time to keep a bird of paradise outdoors? 

The bird of paradise craves for heat to grow best in a temperature over 50 F. In winter hardy zones from 10 to 12, the bird of paradise adapts readily to the container so the gardeners who live in colder regions use to tuck them into a pot so that they can shift outdoors during the summer.

In which month birds of paradise do bloom? 

The flowers of the birds of paradise are produced in succession that js from late fall to late spring which depends on the species, latitude and climate. If provided the right conditions they use to bloom year round. The bird of paradise can produce up to 36 flower spikes per year.

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