Q.Bird of Paradise (Crane Flower) Dying
The plant is 12 years old. Bloomed fantastically until last year. This year nothing and it appears to be dying. Shoots grow to 3 or 4 feet then droop and die. Full sun, regular watering via neighborhood irrigation system. Fertilized regularly (3 – 4 times a year). What do I need to do to save it?
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These plants are notorious for being tempermental when it comes to flowering. They will readily flower for months and then just stop, with no scientific reason for this behavior. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-blooms.htm The plant could also be suffering from a fungal infection of some kind. Treat the plant with a fungicide and see if this helps at all.