Trimming- Birds of Paradise - Knowledgebase Question

Livermore, Ca
Question by summerblst
February 15, 2011
We had a couple frost days and the leaves on my Bird of Pardise plants have turned brown. The stems are still green, is there still hope for them, if so how should I trim them? Thanks!


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Answer from NGA
February 15, 2011

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You can, and should, remove the frost damaged leaves from your Bird of Paradise. There are two ways of going about this: you can cut the plant down by half or you can individually remove the frosted leaves. Either way will renew your plant, and remove any potential for dying leaves to develop disease which can spread through the entire plant. I tend to simply remove the damaged leaves from my Bird of Paradise but how much you decide to remove from your plant will depend upon the size of the plant and how much of it was damaged during the cold weather. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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