Have young Bird of Paradise (3 ft) with only 3 medium size leaves (brownish on tips, and splitting). I have had it a one year and it just barely grows. It's about 3 feet from window and has potting soil with sand in it too. The lower trunk has the old brown leaves from when I cut of a dead looking leaf, thinking that it would help it grow. What can I do to make it grow more leaves and BE HAPPY? The size pot it's in is 13 inches tall and about 17 inches wide (in a clay pot). When should I prune or cut leaves? Can someone send me tutorials with photos on the steps of what to do and what it should look like in the stages? Thank you.
Young Bird of Paradise (Indoor Plant)
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
It sounds like it may be root bound. They like to be a little root bound, but if they get too root bound, they can have trouble taking up water - which would be what is causing the brown tips and stunted growth.
This article will help you with repotting: