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Questions About Parrot Plants

Asked by
wittsend28 on
June 16, 2014

Q. i have a tropical plant called a parrot plant

I was given a plant 2 years ago called a parrot plant. It has grown lovely but will it flower in this climate?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 18, 2014
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The secret to getting flowers from tropical exotics usually found outdoors is light, light, light. This article will get you started on some research: http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/giam/plants_and_grasses/flowering_plants/heliconia.html

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Asked by
Leroyragamuffin on
September 24, 2014

Q. Why is my parrot plant half wilting with stunted leaf growth?

I have a parrot plant, which is approx 1 yr old. I have had it from cutting and it has grown well during the summer, flowering nicely. Recently, the nice weather stopped and the temp dropped some and in the past week new leaf growth has been stunted, burn spots have appeared on the leaves (center and tip) and one half of the plant is wilting slightly. I’m planning to repot and check for root rot, snip the head and take cuttings….but I suspect it may have blight. Hope someone can help.

Answered by
Leroyragamuffin on
September 25, 2014
A.

Thanks theficuswrangler, I'd read rootrot was most likely to blame but as i'm quite careful watering it, waiting for it to wilt before watering, i dismissed that and thought blight the likely culprit.....well i have now repotted and trimmed it back - the rootball didn't look that bad so will see how it responds in the next couple weeks - thanks again.
Regards

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Answered by
theficuswrangler on
September 24, 2014
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Your plant looks to me as if it's suffering from root damage brought on by too wet soil. If you check the soil in the bottom of the pot with an electronic moisture meter, or test it with a bamboo kebob skewer, you'll probably find that it's quite wet. The soil should feel very slightly damp before you water again. This article has some ideas for drying the soil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/treating-root-rot-gardening-tips-for-housplants.htm

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