1. Deadheading Bird of Paradise

Asked by Anonymous - February 6, 2011

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?’

  • ‘What is the spathe?’
    This is where the flowers emerge from the stem. The hard beak-like bract/spathe sits horizontally. The spathe normally holds 4 to 16 flowers, each flower composing of 3 orange sepals and 3 blue petals.

    ‘How should the deadhead cut be made?’
    When the flower begins to look spent, it’s time to cut it off. Cut the entire stalk unless there is another flower developing from the same stalk. If so, just cut the spent flower by itself…at the ‘spathe’.

    Hope this helps!

    Above answer by: CaptainAng

2. Bird of Paradise Damaged by Unexpected Snow

Asked by Anonymous - February 8, 2011

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.

3. Bird of Paradise Leaves Rolling and Brown

Asked by Anonymous - February 9, 2011

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.

  • If the leaves turn black and curl up, the plant is probably being kept too cold. Make sure it isn’t too close to a window. It prefers warm temps like between 65 and 75 degrees.
    If the leaves stay green but curl up, that is a sign of too little light. Try and keep the plant within 5 feet of a window that provides at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day for best results.

    Above answer by: CaptainAng

4. Shorter Bird of Paradise

Asked by Anonymous - February 12, 2011

Where can I find the Bird of Paradise that only grows to 2-3 feet high?

5. Major Pruning of Large Bird of Pardise Plant

Asked by suebarter - February 16, 2011

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?


6. Pruning Bird of Paradise

Asked by Dummy - February 17, 2011

When pruning birds of paradise, what is a good tool to use and do you cut the stalk at ground level?


7. White Bird-of-Paradise

Asked by Anonymous - February 25, 2011

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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