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Q.Rooting Bird Of Paradise Leaf?

Zone 99572 | Anonymous added on February 8, 2022 | Answered

I live in Alaska and have had a giant Bird of Paradise plant for years. I woke this morning to find what appeared to be a perfectly healthy leaf broken off at the base on on the floor. My question is, is it possible to put this in water to root it and replant? It really is an odd occurrence. Any way to wrap the leaf in a potting soil medium to get it to root?? Thanks for your help.

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Answered on March 4, 2022

Everything I could find on giant bird of paradise (as well as the common form), says to propagate by division or seed. You could try dividing your clump, and divide out the broken piece and grow it in soil with the broken end recut. I would try rooting the leaf, too. Recut the end of it at a 45 degree angle and place it in a jar of water. Replace the water every couple of days to discourage bacteria buildup. Or, you can pot it in potting soil, water, then cover with plastic to create a greenhouse effect. Check the soil periodically and add water if dry. Vent the plastic every couple days, too, to release some of the humidity. Here is more:


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