Top Questions About Bird Of Paradise Plants

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Questions About Bird Of Paradise Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 10, 2010

Q. Bird-of-Paradise Dead Flowers

After the bird-of-paradise blooms, they die, turning brown and hanging down before new flowers bloom. What happens after this process is over and the flower cannot produce anymore flowers? And when the petals turn brown and hang down, what do you do with them? Do they fall off eventually by themselves or do you have to cut them off?

My son stated to me that in the rainforest where they grow, no one cuts off the dead petals. They just fall off. Is this statement true or not? What happens to the entire bulb head that the petals came out of? Is that totally dead or do I have to wait until the next growing season for the petals to grow again? I cannot find out any of these questions.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 10, 2010
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You can cut off the spent blooms. Yes, in nature they eventually fall off, but they are not all that pretty while you wait. It will do no harm to the plant to cut off the dead blooms.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 20, 2010

Q. Bird-of-Paradise Won’t Bloom

My bird-of-paradise was planted in 2007. It has grown to over 8′ tall, has lots of babies around it, and no sign of a flower. Should I prune out and replant the babies to make the main plant bloom, or just leave it alone and wait? It gets plenty sun and water.

Answered by
Heather on
November 20, 2010
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I would wait. They need to be a little pot bound to bloom and removing the babies will counter this. If you have not read it, this article will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-blooms.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 24, 2010

Q. Bird of Paradise From Seed

I run a medium-sized greenhouse in Boys Ranch, TX. I grow plants from seed that are used in flower beds across ranch. I like to try something new every year, and this year I’ve purchased Bird of Paradise seed. I have mist benches and have been very successful in propagating unusual plants in the past. I know the seed takes quite a while to germinate, but I would like to know a little more about lighting, moisture, and heat requirements. If you can share any information, it will be greatly appreciated.

Answered by
Heather on
November 27, 2010
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This article, under the section about propagation, has directions on how to plant bird of paradise seeds:
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg106

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 14, 2010

Q. Bird-of-Paradise Blooms Won’t Open

One of my bird-of-paradise plants puts on blooms and they open to the point that I can see the orange petals, but then it stops. The orange petals stick out like a bump and stay there till the bloom fades. Any ideas?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 16, 2010
Certified Expert
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These plants are notorious for being tempermental when it comes to flowering. They will readily flower for months and then just stop. There are a number of factors that can attribute to poor flowering (or lack of). Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-blooms.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 6, 2011

Q. Bird-of-Paradise Houseplant

My bird-of-paradise is 4 years old and has never bloomed. It sits in a south window, so it gets plenty of sunshine. I water when it’s dry and fertilize every two weeks. It stands two feet now and has been transplanted once, when the roots started to come out from the bottom of the pot. What have I done wrong?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 6, 2011
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I suspect that light is still an issue for the plant and this is preventing it from blooming. Try adding supplemental light. This can be as simple as a fluorescent bulb in a lamp placed nearby. Adding a little high phosphorous fertilizer will also help encourage blooming.

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Answered by
WillCreed on
February 15, 2018
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The plant that you have is most likely a White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia alba). It rarely if ever flowers indoors where it is used as a specimen foliage plant. I have never seen one flower indoors outside of a greenhouse or solarium. Just enjoy it as a large, fast growing foliage plant.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 23, 2011

Q. Orange Bird of Paradise

Should I leave the leaves and the stems on the bird of paradise until all of the cold weather is over with before I cut all of the leaves and stems back?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 24, 2011
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I would wait until spring to trim the leaves back. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 23, 2011

Q. Cutting Back Bird of Paradise

I have a bird of paradise plant that just went through about four nights of mid 20 temperatures. How much should I cut it back after this hard freeze? It is planted in the ground.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 24, 2011
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