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Q.Major Pruning of Large Bird of Pardise Plant

suebarter added on February 16, 2011 | Answered

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?

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Answered on February 16, 2011

You should not cut off more than 1/3 in any one year. Any more than this will put the plant at risk.

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