Care Guide Variegated False Bird of Paradise

Looking for a tropical plant that is relatively easy to care for? Look no further than the false bird of paradise heliconia variegata! This beautiful plant is native to South America and can thrive indoors with the proper care. The heliconia variegata is a showy plant that features large, brightly colored leaves. The colors of the leaves can range from green to yellow to cream, making it a great addition to any home. This plant does best in bright, indirect light and should be watered regularly. Be sure to allow the soil to dry out between watering sessions. If you are looking for a tropical plant that will add some color and life to your home, the false bird of paradise heliconia variegata is a great option!
The heliconia variegated is a fast-growing plant, so you will not have to wait long for it to reach its full size. This plant can grow up to six feet tall, and it can spread up to six feet wide. The heliconia variegated does well in full sun or partial shade, and it prefers well-drained soil. This plant is drought tolerant, so you do not have to worry about watering it too often. The heliconia variegated is an insect resistant plant, so you do not have to worry about pests damaging your plants. When it comes to pruning, this plant does not require much pruning at all. You can simply trim back the dead leaves as needed. If you are looking for a beautiful, easy to care for plant, then the heliconia variegated is the perfect choice for you!

Variegated False Bird of Paradise Care Guide & Tips
False Bird of Paradise plants are beautiful additions to any garden, but they can be a little tricky to care for. In this post, we'll give you some tips on how to take care of your False Bird of Paradise plant and make sure it thrives.

• Birds purchased for indoors can be watered less frequent, but the frequency will depend on the size of the plant, humidity levels and rate of growth.
• One of the most common mistakes in indoor plant care is overwatering. Indoor plants are far more tolerant to underwatering than overwatering.
• It is recommended to monitor your houseplants and water them when they need it, rather than on a schedule.
• The objective when watering plants is to maintain moist soil but never soggy. A moisture meter can reduce guesswork.
• Water requirements may differ for each individual plant so it's best to sample topsoil an inch deep every 3-4 days until you get a sense for each plant's needs.

Trees generally require bright light, as an indoor plant it should be placed near a window where the plant can receive the brightest available light, east, south, and west facing windows are the best options, we recommend to rotate the plant occasionally, this will allow the plant to receive bright light from different angles, it can minimize leaf drops from within the canopy and allow the plant to maintain even healthy growth all year round.

The Benefits of Misting, Many of our houseplants come from the tropics, where humidity is very high, generally the air in our homes is dry. Misting houseplants is a very simple and effective way to boost humidity, an easy solution to the risk of overwatering your plants, pay attention to the color and texture of the leaves on your plant. Generally Plants with brown or dry leaf tips will benefit from regular misting, preferably in the mornings to allow the foliage to completely dry out during the day.

Selecting the right location for your plant indoors or outdoors is very important, micro climates can affect the health of the plant, make sure the plant does not receive air draft from AC/Heating vents, or warm air from close by freezers, the foliage will dehydrate faster than it can hydrate from moisture in the air, eventually turning brown and dropping, when plants are properly watered and care for and still display signs of wilting or seem sad it may help to relocate the plant to a different area for brighter indirect light. Please note most tropical plants are from the tropics, proper moisture is required for their health and survival, we highly recommend to bring your tropical plants indoors when temperatures are expected below 45s during winter months or above 90 during summer months, extreme weather can severely damage the plant.

• When repotting, it is recommended to plant between spring and fall.
• Use a potting mix with good drainage for repotting. Cactus mixes are recommended.
• Now is a good time to integrate a slow release fertilizer in the soil when repotting. Apply it based on label instructions.
• Most general all purpose fertilizers can work well for repotting purposes..
• Select a pot 2-3 inches wider than your current pot for repotting purposes . It should have drain holes if possible .Do not remove all the soil from the root ball—this procedure can severely stress or damage the plant .You may remove about an inch of the outer layer of soil as this can stimulate growth .
• Avoid planting too deep in the new pot—the top of the root ball should be level with the top of the soil in the new pot. In event that the new pot does not have drain holes, you must avoid water from accumulating in bottom section of pot —this will damage plant severely One possible solution is to water a fix amount of water, depending on the size of the plant 1 cup of water per gallon of soil maybe sufficient

No need to fertilize right away, We fertilize our plants during the production phase with slow release fertilizer which can last an additional 2-3 months supplying residual nutrients to the plant. Once you do decide to fertilize You may use a fertilizer formulated for interior plants, preferably a slow release fertilizer 180 days duration, fertilize during spring or fall base on label instructions.

Pruning is not necessary on white birds.

Here’s another plus, False Bird of Paradise is not regularly affected by pests. in the event that scale, mealy bugs, or mites are found to affect the plant, they can be controlled by wiping the infested area with a soapy solution, add a few drops of dish soap in a cup of water and wipe off the affected areas with a soft cloth, It can take several intermittent cleanings to rid the plant of the pests.
Horticultural oils can be sprayed directly onto the insects, A second and third treatment, if using oils, will be necessary. Space out the sprays at 3 week intervals to break up the mealybug life cycle. Both of these treatments together will be very effective.