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Brooklyn New York
Nat1027
Aug 4, 2017 7:31 PM CST
Help! My bird of paradise (if that is what it is) is struggling! This plant thrived for 2-3 years in my other apartment and then when we moved he flopped over faster than I had time to react. I put him outside thinking he needed more sun but the wind destroyed his leaves. What should I do to revive him???


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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Aug 5, 2017 6:04 AM CST
Hello, Brooklyn! You need to determine what changed for your White Bird of Paradise when you relocated. The first consideration is a change in light intensity. White Birds do the best right in front of a sunny window, but indoors. Outdoor sunlight is too intense for this plant, even without the wind, which is also a problem.

Did you recently repot the plant? f so, that may have disturbed the roots and disrupted your watering routine. That type of planter often comes with a sub-irrigated insert option. Does yours? What is your watering routine?
Will Creed
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Brooklyn New York
Nat1027
Aug 5, 2017 10:36 AM CST
Thank you for your help! The new apartment is facing a different direction and we placed the Bird of Paradise in the middle of the room rather than next to the window. We'll bring him back inside and create a spot for him next to a window. Would it help to cut off the worst of the fallen branches or will they revive themselves? I was also thinking of placing a stabilizer stick in the middle and tying a few of the branches to hold it up straight. Thoughts? We did not re-pot and yes there is a drainage system in the bottom of the pot.

Another (two) victims of the move are these plants in the pictures below. I think I over watered them. I haven't watered in a few days and the first plant is standing a little better but the leaves are still yellowing. The Dressina won't seem to perk up. I did repot this one.

All of these plants thrived in the old apartment which had sun all day and faced south. This apartment faces East and has strong direct sun in the morning.
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Aug 5, 2017 2:29 PM CST
Unfortunately, the droopy leaves on your WhiteBird are not going to ever be able to support them selves. Going forward, new leaf stems should be strong and sturdy and self-supporting. Trim off any leaves that look sad. Removing the leaves will affect only its appearance, not its overall health.

I don't know what you mean by a "drainage system." Is there a reservoir that holds water?

Your Dieffenbachia is overgrown but healthy. You can make it look a lot better by pruning back all or some of the stems to a height of about 4 inches above the soil. New leaf growth will emerge from the stems just below the pruning cuts. This pruning will eliminate the bare, leggy stems and also prevent the need for elaborate stakes to support them as they get very tall.

Your Dracaena marginata appears to be quite healthy. The arching leaves are normal for older Marginatas grown in reduced indoor light.

Because you have repotted your plants, they are all at greater risk of root rot unless you allow the soil to dry deeper into the pots before watering. The extra soil added retains water longer so you must reduce your watering accordingly.

All your plants will benefit from being closer to the window, but give priority to the White Bird.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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