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Fonthill, Ontario, canada
Scullum86
May 27, 2020 12:55 PM CST
Hi there,
We purchased two birds of paradise a few weeks ago. We have repotted them, and water them every day, sometimes twice a day based on the leaves curling. Yet they continue to curl. Recently it has been very hot, so that's why we think they need so much water. One seems to be doing a bit better growing, then another. I will include some pics.
- When we originally got them, it was cool at night so we brought them inside, watered them less and they curled less for a few days... Once the heat came back we brought them back outside.
- We live in southern Ontario, weather has been hot this past week... 80-90s
- They get noon-6pm direct sunlight
- they were repotted in large pots with basic topsoil as that's all we had at the time. Since then we have added miracle grow food to feed them. They do not have drainage holes in the bottom.
Thanks for any help/suggestions.

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May 28, 2020 2:14 AM CST
Adding miracle grow food to a NEW soil is probably too much nutrient for your plants. Giving water every day is way too much water, because you have to allow some dry time so the plants and get oxygen in the root zone., Your wilting is from all the water trying to transpire out of the leaves with the heat. However the heat you have is not a problem but lack of Oxygen is. Let the top 2 inches of soil dry well before watering again. When you water make sure you get a little discharge of water to come out the bottom of the containers then stop and allow to dry before watering again.
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May 28, 2020 8:17 AM CST
Your White Birds re reacting to too much direct sunlight. Indoors they do fine in front of a sunny window. But outside where the sun is much more intense, they need to be located in a shady place.
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May 28, 2020 1:07 PM CST

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They do not have drainage holes in the bottom


This can also eventually be a problem.
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