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Q.Why do my flowers of Bird of Paradise not open?

Zone 9a | rosey44 added on March 14, 2012 | Answered

My blooms do not fully open and rot before blooming.

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Answered on March 15, 2012

A lack of phosphorus will also delay blooming. Since a little extra phosphorus will not hurt, I would give the plant some phosphorus, such as bone meal, to help it along. If you have not read it, this article will help you with blooming: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/bop/bird-of-paradise-blooms.htm

Another possibility is 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 pesticide will clear them up. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/controlling-thrips.htm

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