The Q&A Archives: Bird Of Paradise Dying

Question: I have a large Bird of Paradise plant that is in a full sun location on my pool deck. We recently moved to a new house and the plant is getting more sun that it used to get. I was not able to bring the plant in for the winter this year. Most of the large mature leaves are turning brown and wilting. What can I do to save my plant?

Answer: Sounds as though your plant got a double whammy - more sunshine and colder temperatures than it is used to. Bird-of-Paradise can tolerate freezing temperatures but the foliage will die down. New leaves should be produced from the crown of the plant. Go ahead and cut away the browning, wilting foliage to make room for new leaves. Given time your plant should adjust to its new location. Just make sure it has ample water during the growing season and be careful not to over-fertilize. Best wishes with your plant!

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