The Q&A Archives: Bird of Paradise

Question: I got a

Answer: Curling leaves is a sign of water stress and the plant will drop some leaves in order to have enough moisture to support only a few. I would water thoroughly as often as needed to keep the soil moist (but not soggy wet). You may find that misting the leaves each day will help, as well. Plants in containers can develop air pockets in the root mass and even though you think you're watering thoroughly, it's possible that water is pouring out the drainage holes yet there are pockets of air within the roots. To counteract this, periodically immerse the container in a larger container of water. Leave it submerged for 15-20 minuties or until no more air bubble rise to the surface. Then allow it to drain completely. When the top inch of soil dries, water your plant thoroughly again. I think adequate water and misting will help your plant recover and produce lovely flowers. Best wishes with your bird of paradise!

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