My Bird of Paradise houseplants have leaf prongs that will no open. How do I get them to open?
Regular watering and fertilizer is important.
Here is a link to help you.
I have a white bird of paradise rescued from Lowe's in Northern Va. It is about 10' tall. Most of the leaves had damage, so I trimmed them but not really short. How short can they be trimmed, and can I plant it outside if I protect it in the cold (Mulch, blanket plastic)? It seems to have a white film on it. The pot it was in split from the roots.
Here is an article on how to prune a bird of paradise that will guide you:
Usually when someone describes a "white film" it is powdery mildew. Here is an article on powdery mildew that will help you:
The bird of paradise will not survive temperatures below 50F. For this reason, I would recommend that your bird of paradise be outdoors only during warmer months. Here is an article that outlines the care of bird of paradise plants:
I have 2 varieties, potted on my lanai and facing the west side. Worried that there is a white bug or "mealy bug" attacking them. I washed them with soapy water, only hurt the plant. Can't seem to get rid of "IT." Please Help?!!
Here is an article that will help you that discusses how to eradicate mealy bugs:
My 3 potted orange bird of paradise plants send up flower stalks with buds, but buds do not open. Located in Palm Beach County, FL on sunny east facing porch. I water pots regularly (drip pans have drain holes so water does not collect in saucer), feed with time-release "Dynamite" fertilizer pellets for flowering plants, purchased at Home Depot. Why do the buds not open into flowers? Have had only 1 or 2 buds that have opened into flowers, earlier in summer. Checked websites and lots of info regarding flowering, but not about buds that do not open into flowers. Plants appear healthy otherwise.
This happens due to too little humidity. If you can increase the humidity around the plant, it will help. Many people like to set the plants on pebble trays filled with water to help keep the humidity around the plant high.
I did some more research on this and I would recommend that you treat the plant for thrips. Thrips are a small pest that typically attacks the base of flowers or new growth. They will kill the flowers before they are able to open. A treatment of a general pesticie will clear them up. Here is more information on them:
We have had this indoor Bird of Paradise for ten years in the Washington DC area. For the past 7 years, it has been in the location shown in the picture where it gets light but not a lot of sun. We recently changed out the soil and put in new Miracle Grow potting soil and moved the plant into a sunroom on the southwest of the house. The temperature out in the sunroom is not controlled, as it is in the house, so we thought that it would like the warmer temps and humidity; but within a couple of weeks, it looks like this. Can it be saved?
Yellowing leaves can indicate a watering issue, either to much or to little.
Also the stress of repotting and a change in light and temperatures has likely added to it's stress.
Bird Of Paradise to prefer to be root bound and are quite happy in the same pot for several years.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.
Otherwise healthy white birds of paradise but new stalks are very short. What is the cause? One plant growing in pot on Lanai and another outside cage planted in the ground. New stalks are much shorter than previous growth on both plants. Is this a fertilizer or other issue? Heavy rains over last 6 weeks have not impacted lanai plant.
Shorter blooms are likely due to more sunlight. Taller flower spikes will grow on plants in a shadier location.
Here is a link with more information.
I have a two gallon pot with an orange bird of paradise. The roots have broken through the plastic pot. Can I cut these seven to eight inch roots off at the base of the pot?
Though the Bird Of Paradise like to be slightly root bound, if your plant is bursting through the pot, it is time to repot.
If left in it's current state the plant will likely become stressed, have lack of nutrients and may not flower.
Choose a new container that is a bit larger, about 2 inches. Make sure it has good drainage holes.
Here is a link that will help you.