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Name: Karen
Toronto, Canada
Luckysuger
Jul 29, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Hi there,
Ive had this plant for a week or so and it's leaves are going brown at the bottom and drooping in general. Does this mean it needs to be repotted to a bigger pot and how should I repot it if I need to? It's currently sitting outside on my apartment balcony. Thanks for any advice!

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jul 30, 2017 9:41 AM CST
Karen - The pot size is fine. However, it is getting too much sunlight as outdoor sun is many times more intense than direct indoor sunlight. Your White Bird of Paradise was grown in a nursery under shade with the intention that it would be used indoors near a sunny window.

Keep the soil moist by watering thoroughly as soon as the soil surface feels nearly dry. It won't need a larger pot until you have to water it thoroughly more than twice per week to keep the soil moist. This is a fast growing plant that can quickly take up lots of space in your apartment. Trim off any brown leaf edges or discolored leaves to make it look nicer.
Will Creed
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Name: Karen
Toronto, Canada
Luckysuger
Aug 3, 2017 1:16 PM CST
Hi Will,
Thanks for your reply. I have brought the plant inside however right now I have the AC on almost all the time, which makes the air inside the apartment really dry. I've noticed the leaves are feeling really dry to the touch. Should I be watering this plant more frequently?
Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
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Kevalsha
Aug 4, 2017 5:26 AM CST
Bird of Paradise requires full sun (6 to 8 hours) even though it can tolerate some shade. When under too much shade the flowering will be sparse. This plant likes to be moist but not soggy. You will know if the plant is too wet if the leaves start turning yellow. Let the soil dry out slightly between watering during fall and winter months. Bird of paradise ideal temperatures are from 65 - 70 degrees F (18-21 C) during the day and no less than 50F (10C) at night. There is no need for transplanting at this point in time, unless you want to divide your plant.
Kevalsha
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Aug 5, 2017 6:42 AM CST
Hi, Karen - This plant tolerates dry air quite well. The air conditioner and low humidity are not a problem. If the leaves are a healthy green color, then it does not matter how dry they may feel to you. Water as I described previously. It is how the soil (not the leaves) feels that determines when you should water
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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