Ask a Question forum: Bird of paradise

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Swansea, MA
Jun 3, 2017 2:19 PM CST
Just got mine at a plant sale. Was so root bound it didn't absorb any water, so I replanted it into a larger pot. I have it in full sun here in MA where it's been rainy and cold...low 50's at night. Is this too cold? Also should I fertilize? Organic ok?
My first post so excuse if I didn't give enough information.
Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Jun 4, 2017 9:33 AM CST
Your Bird of Paradise is a tropical species that can survive temps in the low 50's, but not much lower than that. I assume you know that you will have to move it inside in the fall. This is a plant that grows quite large in good light and can easily take over an indoor space, so be prepared. Outdoors it will need regular watering and is best kept in light shade rather than in the direct sun. Fertilize it monthly with organic or otherwise.
Will Creed
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Swansea, MA
Jun 4, 2017 2:55 PM CST
Thanks WillC. Yes I know it will get large. It's about 3' now. I've got a room with windows on 3 sides where I overwinter my other tropicals. I've already got hibiscus and fuchsia out. Just wasn't sure of this. I'll move it to dappled light. Thanks again!

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