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Q.How Do I Transplant My Root Bound Bird of Paradise?

Zone indoors | misspriss added on October 17, 2011 | Answered

I have had my orange ~ purple Bird of Paradise in the same pot since purchase {approx. 4 years ago}. It is big and and stunningly beautiful. It has been and will continue to remain indoors and has no sign of blooming. The roots are now protruding from the bottom of its 10″ pot, so I finally have to face my fear of a bigger pot. It has done so well rootbound but I realize that may not make it happy. Any suggestions on how to do this? Should I shake the dirt loose from the roots? Should I just cut the pot away with scissors and place it just as it is in the new prepared pot? Can I use gravel from outside for drainage?

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Answered on October 19, 2011

I think if it is very rootbound, cutting the pot away would be your best option. Do not take the old dirt away from the roots. To decrease the chances of transplant shock, try to disturb the roots as little as possible while transferring to the new pot. There will be some root disturbance, but this is ok. Just try to keep it to a minimum. You can use gravel from outside for drainage.

After you are done, keep an eye out for transplant shock. This article will help with that:

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