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Q.Mexican Bird Of Paradise Tree. How To Trim It To Keep It Full?

Zone Palm Springs CA 92262 | W6570 added on September 1, 2020 | Answered

I trimmed it way down last year and it came back sparse and spindly.

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Answered on September 2, 2020

These plants don't like to be cut back very much. Doing so will stunt it and cause it to grow back spindly and with little vigor. Pruning should, only, be done in late winter and you should barely cut anything from the plant. They don't tolerate a heavy hand with the shears. Really the only time this is acceptable is when it is so overgrown that it is causing issues. Otherwise cutting to the ground will cause a slowdown.

Here are two articles that will offer some information:



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