Desert Flowering things - Knowledgebase Question

Mesa, Ar
Question by coyotecaller
June 18, 2010
Can I trim back Mexican Bird of Paradise to keep it small?

Answer from NGA
June 18, 2010


Mexican Bird of Paradise will become quite large as the root system matures and while you can trim it down in December - all the way down to ground level - it will return in March and grow rapidly when the weather gets hot. There's really no way to keep a mature plant from growing 6' tall and wide, or more. About the only way to have a smaller plant is to dig out some of the root system each winter so it has a smaller root system and fewer reserves. These are such gorgeous plants when in bloom it seems almost a shame to cut them back! But, it's an important part of controlling their size.

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