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Indoor Bird Of Paradise Leaves Splitting And Only Partially Unfurling

Zone Denver, Colorado | bbtb11 added on February 21, 2020 | Answered

I have what appears to be a thriving (very tall and broad) indoor BOP plant but as it emits new leaves the majority of them split and only partially unfurl. I have three leaves now with unfurled points on them. I have read recommendations to spray them with light soapy water to loosen any gunk causing them to stick along with an increase in water. Is this correct and/or are there other suggestions to get them to open. They look very odd to say the least.

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BushDoctor
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Answered on February 24, 2020

It can help to do so, but this is caused by a lack of humidity.

You will need to bring the humidity in the area up, way higher, than a typical house would be. A humidifier can help, drastically. A low tech method would be adding a tray filled with pebbles and water under the plant.

Here are some articles that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/raise-humidity-for-houseplants.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/houseplants-that-increase-humidity.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-as-a-houseplant.htm

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