My birds of paradise are brown now, I\'m in zone 9A is this normal and should I cut them? Do I need to cut them down?
Bird of Paradise Care
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Birds of paradise most commonly turn brown if they have been affected by frost or exposed to a drought. If your area has experienced freezing temperatures lately, this is probably the cause. It's best to wait until spring (when there is no chance of frost and when plants start to grow again) before pruning, which will help the plant avoid any further damage. Then, you can remove the damaged parts or cut the entire plant down if it all seems to be dead. It may still come back from the roots.