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Q.My Bird of Paradise Won’t Flower

Zone nsw coast | Jen added on April 23, 2012 | Answered

Hi. I have a bird of paradise 3+ years old in my south facing garden. It has grown roof high. The leaves are big but no flowers. I have another in my backyard that is small and clumpy and flowers profusely. They both get morning sun and both are shaded by trees.
I didn’t expect it to grow so high. Thanks, Jen

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Answered on April 23, 2012

It may have a lack of phosphorus. Since a little extra phosphorus will not hurt, I would give the plant some phosphorus, like bone meal to help encourage blooming. If you have not read it, this article will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-blooms.htm

On the overgrown plant, prune out any dead or weak growth. For hard pruning cut back all branches. I would not cut it back by more than 1/3 a year. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-pruning.htm

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