In an article in the magazine ‘Florida Gardening’, they speak of deadheading Bird of Paradise as “cutting the spent flower from the back of the spathe (bract), the new ones in front will shine. If you don’t they look shaggy. ” My question is ‘What is the spathe, and how should the deadhead cut be made?’
My bird of paradise got damaged by unexpected snow this past December. I have not cut it back yet. The leaves and stems are all damaged but do not appear to be dead. I’m not sure what kind it is. I live in Auburn, CA- this is Zone 8 or 9. This is the most snow we have had in 20 years. Can you give me some advice on caring for the plant? I can’t really dig it up. Also, any good ideas about rhododendrons (plants with big green leaves)? They also got damaged.
What can I do? I have just gotten a bird of paradise plant, and as soon as I got it home, its leaves started to rip and curl inwards and got brownish in color.
Where can I find the Bird of Paradise that only grows to 2-3 feet high?
I have an over grown Bird of Pardise plant in front of my house that is about 15 feet tall. I have researched online and see that everyone addresses how to prune the flowers. However, mine has a very large stalk, which I think the flowers come from that I am afraid to cut. This stalk is very large and would like to trim it back to be in porption with the house. How far back can I cut this stalk without killing the plant?
When pruning birds of paradise, what is a good tool to use and do you cut the stalk at ground level?
My Bird-of-Paradise, which is well established and over 20 feet tall, was hit with a hard freeze this past month. Living in Florida, this hasn’t happened to me before, and I’m not sure how to trim it back. Most of the long tall leaves are totally brown and dead. The center
‘fan’ part looks fine. How should I prune this back?
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