Bird Of Paradise Plants

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  1. Bird-of-Paradise Dead Flowers
  2. Bird-of-Paradise Won’t Bloom
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  4. Bird-of-Paradise Blooms Won't Open
  5. Bird-of-Paradise Houseplant
  6. Orange Bird of Paradise
  7. Cutting Back Bird of Paradise
Asked by Anonymous on November 10, 2010
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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-blooms.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on November 24, 2010
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.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-blooms.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on January 6, 2011
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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Asked by Anonymous on January 23, 2011
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?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I would wait until spring to trim the leaves back. This article will help: http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on January 23, 2011
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.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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