Red bird-of-paradise isn't fussy. Plant it in an area with full sun in well-drained soil. Maintenance is simple: Prune back severely in winter to 1 foot high. Once spring arrives it will grow back quickly, and it will begin blooming in April or May. In colder areas (zone 8), mulch the base of the shrub in winter to protect the roots. To extend the flowering period, lightly prune by removing the top 2 feet in August, which will stimulate new blooms through October. Plant in groups of 3 or 5.