The Q&A Archives: Frosted Bird of Paradise

Question: I planted bird of paradise in August and we had several nights in December that the temperature went into the low 30 degree range. My bird of paradise turned brown. I cut them down to the ground. I would like to know if they will come back or was temperature too cold for them to survive.

Answer: Only time will tell! It may be that the underground parts of the plants are still alive, and with good growing conditions could spout new shoots. Next winter, when you expect a cold wave, cover the plants with fabric or piled leaves or evergreen boughs until the danger has passed.

Bird of paradise needs bright, indirect sunlight and well-drained soil. Water thoroughly and let soil dry between waterings. It's native to the humid tropics, so if you live in an arid region, increase humidity in the area with a fine mist sprinkler, water trough or bird bath near the plant. Hope this helps!

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