It grew a new leaf every month for a year but then suddenly stopped growing for 3 months (one leaf sprout is halfway grown), and edges of all leaves started drying out. I figured it was too big for the pot, so I replanted in a larger one with no changes in care. The sprout hasn't grown at all now still for a month. Am I doing anything wrong? Do I have to wait 2-3 years before he blooms a flower because I repotted?
-it's winter but last winter he grew constantly
-it's so tall it touches the ceiling. . . does that stop it from growing further?
Strelitzia prefers to be potbound when it flowers. If you've recently repotted, the plant is taking a break from producing blooms and foliage to concentrate on the root system. Given proper care, it will resume both leaf and bloom growth in due time. I've learned to let my BoP's get really potbound before wither potting up or dividing for this reason. You will have to wait for the roots to almost fill the new container before your plant decides to bloom again. The legnth of time will vary with the size from old pot to new pot...but isn't it worth the wait?
I have had this plant for three years. It blooms, but for some reason the leaves will not open up like it did before. My other plant is fine, leaves open and shiny. I live in NC and the plant is outside now, though I bring it inside for winter.
One of my BoP, in a 25 gal. nursery pot, has a few leaves that have not expanded like the rest. There should be a reason this has happened, but I can't figure it out. They are from the same parent plant, same soil, same temps, food, water, light, and any other variable. They have the same bloom count ratio and bloom quality. I find no information to explain this "condition".
Container grown outside in south of France. During the summer I noticed the green leaves wilting, the base of the stems brown. I have 3 main shoot sections, now the second is going the same way with 6 leaves. It's winter now so I surround the the whole pot with straw protection, which seemed fine last winter. Too big to move.
Is the plant staying too wet? If not, it sounds like a pathogen problem. That would necessitate a soil and root sample test, performed in a lab.
I live in Arkansas, and my plant is outside in the summer months and indoors in greenhouse setting in winter. My plant only blooms in December and has 6-8 blooms - VERY beautiful muliticolored! Why will it not bloom in summer months by the pool? It is huge and nicely rootbound.
It may not have the proper humidity out by the pool. While the pool will give off humidity, it is not contained like the humidity in the greenhouse. When it is out by the pool, try spraying the leaves down 1-2 times a week in the morning. Do it only in the morning, as afternoon or evening spraying will encourage fungus, which you do not want. The water sprayed on the plant should produce enough local humidity when it evaporates. Also, if you have it in full sun by the pool, you may want to move it to a slightly shadier spot, as it may be getting too much sun to bloom properly.
Try reducing your nitrogen fertilizer while bumping up the phosphorous and potassium. Something like a 0-28-25 should give good results.
I just bought a bird of paradise. Should I re-pot it in my own pot or leave it in the plastic container?
Yes, you can repot it into a new container if the current one looks too small or does not provide adequate drainage. Go up another couple sizes when repotting. Keep the base at the same level in the new pot as it was in the old pot.
I planted two Bird of Paradise plants in two large pots and the leaves are now splitting. Why?
There are several reasons why the leaves might be splitting but is normally caused by a humidity issue. I would increase the water to the plant just a bit to increase humidity. You may also want to try wetting the leaves a bit in the morning (but not in the evening as this can encourage fungus) to raise the humidity. You can also prune out the leaves that are splitting the worst if it's affecting the overall look of the plants. This article may also help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/houseplant-leaf-split.htm
I have just gotten a bird of paradise plant and I would like to put it into a bigger pot. I have some cactus compost. Would this be any good? It says it's for cactus and succulents.
Yes, cactus mix would be perfect. You can also add 1/4 to 1/2 the volume of perlite -- you want the mix to be as free draining as possible. One thing to consider, there is no need to repot a plant when you first buy it. The growers have put the plant into the best growing mix, and used the best fertilizer, because it is in their business interest to have plants that grow quickly and strongly. Also, a new houseplant doesn't need fertilizer for at least 6 months after you buy it. If you still want to replant it, make sure that the new pot is no more than 2 inches larger than the original plant.