The Q&A Archives: Pruning Bird of Paradise

Questioner's Location: San Diego, CA
Date: June 18, 1999

Question: 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: 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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