We have a well established bird of paradise plant [Strelitzia] in our conservatory; however, the leaves are exuding a white sticky substance. They look like spots of furry mold but are sticky to touch. What is causing them and how do we treat them?
It sounds like you have mealybugs. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm
I need to know what is the best potting soil for indoor birds of paradise.
A standard soilless mix will be fine for your BOP.
I have a bird of paradise that is way overgrowing. It has outgrown my home. The leaves are HUGE (leaves 2' x 3. 5' and 15' tall!) and I would like to trim it back. I worry about shock doing too many at once. Some leaves are browning and I am not sure why it has gotten so big. It has never bloomed. Maybe the florist had it labeled wrong?
Yes, it is ok to cut it back (even by a third), and it should grow back just fine. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-pruning.htm
As for the non-blooming, the plant may not be getting enough light for blooming to occur or (and most likely) it may have a lack of phosphorus, which promotes blooming. Since a little extra phosphorus will not hurt, I would give the plant some phosphorus, like bone meal.
Two questions please.
1) I live in Charlotte, NC and have 2 large birds of paradise in pots. Will they survive the winter?
2) My gardners mistakenly trimmed the plants like elephant ears for the winter. Will they come back?
Thank you. :)
Bird of paradise plants cannot survive temps lower than 50 degrees F. They must be brought indoors over winter. This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-an-exotic-flower-like-none-other.htm
Generally, elephant ears are dug up and brought indoors over winter. However, in some areas (like yours), they have been known to come back just fine when left in ground. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/elephant-ear/growing-elephant-ear-plants.htm
1. The birds of paradise wiil not surive the winter in Charlotte,2. I do not know if they will come back or not, they will not if left outside.
The new leaves of my bird of paradise plant are coming out folded and will not uncurl correctly. Any idea what the problem is? I'm in Zone 7 and the plant is in a pot.
That is a sign of too little light. Try and keep the plant within 5 feet of a window that provides at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day for best results.
My Bird of Paradise plant has been kept in a warm porch for 5 years, although this summer it has been out of doors until now. It flowered for the first time early this year. It has grown very tall and I am thinking of repotting it. Can I cut down the leaves? It also looks as though it could be divided down by the roots. What would you suggest?
I have two old ratty looking Bird of Paradise plants in front of my living room window. I occasionally prune back dead leaves and flowers, but the dried remnants remain throughout the plants. How do I cut back the plants to a smaller diameter and remove all dead material? When do I do this since the plants bloom pretty much throughout the year since we don't have a real winter?
This article may also help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-pruning.htm
When cleaning my "birds", I cut the ratty/dead as close to the bottom of the stem as possible. It can be done with patience, and the results are rewarding. I've found that they bloom best when potbound. Unfortunately, I listened to advice to divide...,they didn't bloom for at least 18 months. When they were divided, the plants were quartered with a saw. Any roots or stems that were sacrificed were just discarded. It is easier to divide this way than to try to work the roots apart, and sometimes this method does less damage.