Can Birds of Paradise Take Full Sun? [Direct Sunlight]
The answer is definitely yes! The Bird of paradise loves the sun, but you will still need to introduce it to its new light source slowly.
A sudden change in light intensity will cause your plant a bit of stress until it adapts, so it’s important to acclimatize your plant.
Acclimatizing your plant to new lighting
When changing your plant’s lighting source, you’ll want to do so with care. Assess what time of day the area receives light. The afternoon sun is much stronger and will be harsher on your plant.
Exposing it to the morning sun may be a better option as it provides a more gentle light.
Once you’ve picked a spot, moving your plant should be done slowly, over several days to weeks, in order to gradually introduce your plant to the increase in light strength.
Move your plant to the new place you have chosen for it. Allow the plant to remain there for a maximum of 30 minutes. After the time has elapsed, move your plant back to its original spot.
Repeat this process daily until your plant is placed in the new spot for the entire duration of the area receiving sunlight.
Avoid moving your plant towards midday, as this is the hottest time of the day and will cause your plant stress, which may result in unsightly burn marks on your plant.
Where should you place your Bird of paradise?
If you want your bird of paradise to grow in full sun, place it in front of a window or in a sheltered spot outside on your patio.
Be sure to place your Bird of paradise somewhere that is not exposed. Sitting in a windy spot will cause your plant to become stressed, and you may notice excessive leaf splitting as a result.
What are the best lighting conditions for a Bird of paradise?
The Bird of paradise needs lots of sunlight in order to produce enough energy to hold up its large foliage.
Your Bird of paradise will be happiest with 6+ hours of sunlight per day. Mature plants that are exposed to adequate light push out colorful, dramatic blooms.
Filtered or indirect light will spare you from having to worry about scorched leaves or burn marks. This becomes less of a concern as the plant matures and becomes more hardy.
Remember, regardless of your plants’ age, you will always need to slowly introduce them to their new light source.
Native lighting conditions of the Bird of paradise
The Bird of paradise is native to South Africa. The climate is considered subtropical and the mean average temperature is 17.5 °C. The country receives between 8 and 10 hours of sunlight per day, which makes it easy to see why they are able to grow in abundance and thrive.
Can a Bird of paradise survive in low light?
Your Bird of paradise will likely survive, but it will not flourish when placed somewhere that does not receive a lot of light. If you don’t have access to a sunny spot, consider investing in a grow light.
Can a Bird of Paradise receive too much light?
While a mature Bird of paradise can tolerate direct light,smaller, young plants may struggle and end up with scorch marks and wilting. The afternoon sun is harsher than the morning sun, so if your plant is still young, it is best to provide it with indirect, or filtered light to avoid placing it under too much stress.