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Oakland, California
mrsmeowington
May 24, 2020 8:06 PM CST
This is a little embarrassing... so I bought these 2 BOP in feb as my first 2 plants and completely screwed them up in 2 weeks by putting them in the sunroom (too hot). Spent the last 3 months trying to nurture them back and they're making progress. One of them is doing great since it's growing normal sized leaves. The other one however kinda had a premature delivery of a leaf and the new one is also really small. I'm not seeing any new growth in the last 2 weeks so I'm a bit concerned. I see a little bit of rotting on the stems on this one too. I've been trimming the semi-burned smaller leaves over the last 3 months but I'm wondering if I should do that to the big burned one too... anything else I can do to save this plant would be really appreciated. Thanks!!
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oneeyeluke
May 25, 2020 1:17 AM CST
Sometimes a dead leaf may be wiggled loose without pruning but if you can't wiggle it loose.
Insert the pruners blades around the stem as low as possible, just above its attachment to the plant base. Prune out up any dead leaf or old flower debris from the center of the bird-or-paradise.
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Oakland, California
mrsmeowington
May 25, 2020 2:02 AM CST
Sorry - let me clarify ... the question is whether I should be pruning the burned leaf vs leaving it on the plant (not so much on how to prune the leaf)

Thanks!
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WillC
May 25, 2020 9:31 AM CST
I don't think the temperature or light in your sunroom for two weeks is the cause of the problem. Watering is a much more likely cause of the problem.

How do you determine when to water and how much do you then provide?
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Oakland, California
mrsmeowington
May 25, 2020 12:02 PM CST
I usually water 1x per week or more frequently. Generally just by gut feeling by looking at the top soil. Tbh I never let the top dry out as suggested by some online. The reason I think it's the sunroom was because I took the plants out its pot after it got ruined and checked the roots - they look good but the soil/roots are super hot/warm. My sunroom's window don't open (it's a front porch enclosed) and it's got windows on 3 sides. After I moved it inside it stopped getting worse and the new leaves were not burned. Just dwarfed in one lol. I also noticed they do not like the window open for some reason (leaves curl when I open the window lol) ....

What should I do with the burnt looking leaves tho...
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 25, 2020 12:38 PM CST
Go ahead and trim off the edges of those leaves that are only partially brown. Leaves that are mostly brown can be cut off entirely. The trimming will not effect the plant in any way. Good luck!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Oakland, California
mrsmeowington
May 25, 2020 12:43 PM CST
Thank you!! Trimming now hopefully new leaves come soon fingers crossed...

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