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Name: Rob
Greenfield, Massachusetts (Zone 5b)
robertbruce
Jan 12, 2016 8:39 AM CST
I've had a giant (about 13' tall) non-flowering bird-of-paradise plant for about two months now (see pics--1 at the time of purchase, and 3 at present). I keep my apartment at an almost constant 70-72° and it's perhaps a little dry in here. The giant leaves are beginning to crack and break. A few questions: What could be causing this and how to prevent it? Once the edges or tips of the leaves have cracked, should I cut that part off (I'm assuming if I cut a leaf it will grow back)? How often would you water this plant and how much water? Should I keep the apartment more humid?

Thanks!
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PS: It is a white bird-of-paradise
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jan 13, 2016 8:07 PM CST
I know nothing about bird of paradise, but many large leafed plants (banana comes to mind) will split like that due to wind damage, however, I can't imagine your apartment is very windy. I hope someone with experience with bird of paradise can help you. And welcome to All Things Plants!
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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jan 13, 2016 9:59 PM CST
There are replies on three other places:
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1029705/
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1027228/
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1030050/
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