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May 18, 2020 5:51 PM CST
NY - New York
I purchased a bird of paradise about a month ago and I'm having such a hard time with it! A couple of days after receiving the plant some of the leaves started curling upward so I stopped using tap water and switched to filtered water and adopted a weekly watering schedule and a daily misting. This plant is located near a west-facing window and gets plenty of sunlight. I have it in a pot with drainage and I'm using Miracle-Gro soil that has time-released fertilizer. A couple of days ago I saw a few mealybugs under the leaves and sprayed them with Castille soap and water. I also used alcohol to kill the mealybugs. Now after watching your video, I see that the trunks of my BOP are a darker brown and the leaves are still curled upward. Please help!
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May 19, 2020 9:16 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Welcome! I don't see anything unusual about your White Bird, but I do have a couple of suggestions.

If possible, move it closer to and more directly in front of your window so it gets maximum indoor sunlight.

Be careful to let the top inch of soil get dry before you water and add just enough water so that the top inch gets dry again in about a week.

If you are in NYC, the water quality from the tap is fine.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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May 19, 2020 5:27 PM CST
NY - New York
WillC said: Welcome! I don't see anything unusual about your White Bird, but I do have a couple of suggestions.

If possible, move it closer to and more directly in front of your window so it gets maximum indoor sunlight.

Be careful to let the top inch of soil get dry before you water and add just enough water so that the top inch gets dry again in about a week.

If you are in NYC, the water quality from the tap is fine.


Thank you Will C. I'll definitely make those changes.
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May 20, 2020 8:06 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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