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Q.Young Bird of Paradise (Indoor Plant)

Natural4reelz added on July 3, 2011 | Answered

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.

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Answered on July 7, 2011

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:

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