Red bird of paradise plants are perennial desert plants. They produce beautiful red-, orange- and yellow-colored flowers. Because they are tolerant to many growing conditions, caring for them is fairly easy.
Plant after winter is over
Wait until there is no risk of frost damage before planting red bird of paradise plants.
Provide full sunlight
Red bird of paradise plants thrive in full sunlight.
Use the right kind of soil
Red bird of paradise plants don't respond well to clay, heavy soil or poor-draining soils. Use any other type of soil, as long as it drains well.
Fertilize the plants annually
Once every spring, give red bird of paradise plants organic fertilizer or slow-release fertilizer.
Water the plants regularly
Horticulture Unlimited recommends watering red bird of paradise plants between four and seven times weekly. During the winter, water them on a monthly basis. Natural rainfall can also suffice, but be sure to supplement their water intake if necessary.
Trim the plants as needed
Red bird of paradise plants usually grow very quickly, so it may be necessary to keep them trimmed. About.com recommends cutting them down during the winter, as they are hardy plants and tend to return every year.