Houseplants forum→Bird of Paradise: curling/browning on just one smaller/younger leaf - remove?

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silverrocket
May 3, 2020 9:12 AM CST
Hello - just noticed that one of the smaller leaves on an otherwise seemingly healthy Bird of Paradise has starting curling on one side (see pictures below). Some questions:

- Could it be an early warning sign of things to come?
- Should I remove the browning parts with scissors? Or would that cause trauma to the plant?

Some background info:

- Have had for 3 weeks
- Recently repotted from nursery pot into new plastic pot
- Soil is quite dense and stays quite moist (currently still moist after watering 7 days ago)
- Sits by large southeast-facing window with plenty of direct sunlight (moved to kitchen just for picture)
- Seems to have adjusted? (rolled out a whole new leaf over the last week, and is about to sprout another)

Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you so much!

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
May 3, 2020 1:11 PM CST
Welcome! Your plant is fine. No need to worry about minor discolorations and blemishes. The dieback of older, lower leaves is also normal. They can be trimmed off to make the plant look nicer.

Keep it close to a sunny window and water it thoroughly as soon as the top inch of soil feels dry. It is an easy plant to care for if you don't fuss over it too much and are willing to accept some natural imperfections.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
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silverrocket
May 3, 2020 7:42 PM CST
Thank you so much!!

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