The Q&A Archives: Bird Of Paradise

Question: When is the right time to cut back a Bird Of Paridise and how often do you keep it trimed and can you thin it out and how?

Answer: Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) produce long-lasting and quite striking flowers intermittently throughout the year, but bloom best during the cool season. You can cut the spent flower and stalk down to foliage level to keep the plants looking neat and tidy. Cut off dead leaves as they appear. Bird of Paradise blooms best when clumps are crowded, and the soil is watered deeply and frequently.

If you decide to dig and divide the clumps, you can do so now, but blooming will stop until the plants become re-established.

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