Pruning Bird of Paradise - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, CA
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Question by ibshelli
June 18, 1999
I have recently moved to California and have Bird of Paradise plants in my yard. What do I do when the flower stops blooming and turns brown? Do I cut the stalks off at the bottom of the plant?

Answer from NGA
June 18, 1999
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.

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