I found an elongated, looks like a banana, seed pod on my friend's Bird of Paradise. Is this a normal seed pod? This Bird of Paradise is being grown in a large pot, by the side of a brick wall and swimming pool. Being shaded from the hot afternoon sun, by the wall and a slatted overhead shade port. This is in Henderson, NV on the outskirts of Las Vegas. It has enormous orange and blueish purple flowers. Is this seed pod NORMAL? I want to send it to my niece in Sacramento, CA, who has an enormous green thumb!!
Yes, these are perfectly normal seed pods, nothing alien or dangerous about them. Send them to her, with reference to this article, if you like: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/propagating-birds-of-paradise.htm
I have an indoor BOP that has only flowered once with orange flowers. It's in a sunroom with lots of light and is sprouting new leaves. Some of them are light green with light yellow lines while three new leaves are coming out completely black. Not sure what I am doing wrong. Thank you.
It might be too close to the window. Sometimes leaves turn black and curl up when the plant is too cold. It prefers warm temps between 65 and 75 degrees. That particular leaf looks like it was touching the window pane.
I would also review the care of bird of paradise plants at the following link, to be sure everything checks out, especially in terms of watering:
Recently planted bird-of-paradise in a large pot in a sunny part of my yard. There are now black blotches on the leaves.
The black blotches are most likely sooty mold which means you have an insect infestation (either aphids, scale, mealybugs or whiteflies). I would inspect your plant thoroughly for signs of insects. I have included links to articles below that will assist you in finding the culprit and provide you with a course of treatment:
Is there a lamp I can use to help? I have it in a south facing window but some leaves are turning brown.
Here are a few links for you.
Most garden centers and even home improvement centers carry plant grow lights.
My question is this: I have a streletzia white bird of paradise house plant. I bought it from Home Depot about two years ago and up to now, it has been doing really well. Lately, though, the leaves will grow and expand as usual, but after a while, the leaf stalks -- which should be strong -- just bend over. The leaves themselves are OK, but why do the stalks bend after just a couple weeks? I've already lost three perfectly good leaves in less than a month. Please explain. Thank you!
It is normal for some varieties to possess long, droopy stalks and may simply require staking to alleviate the issue. Others may need to be pruned or divided to keep them in check. I would first try staking the plant and seeing how it responds. Otherwise, you may need to consider a good pruning. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-pruning.htm
My bird of paradise is 7 years old, 8 feet tall and never flowered. It is in a well lit spot indoors. Why has it not flowered?
It may have a lack of phosphorus. Since a little extra phosphorus will not hurt, I would give the plant some phosphorus, like bone meal, just to make sure that all the bases are covered. If you have not read it, this article will help you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-blooms.htm
I have been growing a bird of paradise plant for almost 30 years. During that time it has only produced one bloom. During summer the plant is placed out of doors and in the winter it is brought indoors and placed under grow lights that are on 12 hours per day.Most of the time the leaves curl and dry out. I definitely am doing something wrong. What is it?
Here is a link that should help you pinpoint the issues.