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Name: ken
new port richey fl (Zone 9b)
Apr 30, 2016 7:52 AM CST
are there any pruning tips. my girlfriend has one that is about 10 feet tall and its finally bloomed. i dont want to restrict blooms but it is greatly over grown
Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Apr 30, 2016 11:00 AM CST
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I am assuming you have Strelitzia nicolai that blooms white. Does it have multiple trunks? If so, you can cut down the tallest trucks and leave the smaller plants to grow. Are the flowers on the tallest trunk(s)? You may have to wait a few years for the next flowers.

Name: ken
new port richey fl (Zone 9b)
Apr 30, 2016 2:41 PM CST
Actually they are on the medium trunks. i may wait and suffer and trim it aftervthe summer season
Name: Cheryl
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Apr 30, 2016 3:03 PM CST
After the blooming season, or in the winter, she can cut it diwn to the ground and stsrt over? Or trim off the outer leaves to the ground to prevent it from being wide? New leaves form from the center.
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Name: Elaine
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Apr 30, 2016 4:01 PM CST
You can't cut the top of the blooming trunk or it will stop blooming and die. This is known as a 'monocot' so it has only one growth tip. It will not branch. If your friend cuts down that tall trunk next winter, she may be waiting another year or two for the next stem to bloom. If she waters and fertilizes it generously this summer, it will grow, and put up pups quicker of course. I don't think she can keep it small, and expect it to bloom though. These just are big plants and they need to be mature to bloom. There's one at Selby Gardens that's at least 35ft. tall.

I have several huge old clumps, and we cut the three biggest 18ft. trunks out of this clump last winter. It is now blooming on the second-tallest stem which is @ 10ft. tall, the bloom is way down low. I think it will progressively make blooms further up the trunk as the season progresses. It's also making new pups like crazy. I don't 'encourage' these plants at all because they're really much too big for where they are planted.
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Name: Will Creed
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May 1, 2016 10:24 AM CST
Strelitzias tend to develop large leaves that droop horizontally as they age and take up lots of width. If this is the problem, those older, lower drooping leaves can be pruned off at any time without affecting flowers or future growth.
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