Houseplants forum: Birds of paradise plant leaf curl

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Rwjones
Feb 23, 2018 7:56 AM CST
All of a sudden my birds of paradise leaves are no longer looking healthy. A few leafs have curled outward. It's recently been repotted about 6 months ago. I give it miracle grow every two weeks. I may have watered it to heavily two weeks ago and the soil is still moist. What's the best recovery steps or is it something else I've done wrong?
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 23, 2018 3:21 PM CST
I can probably help you, but I need to see a clear photo that shows the entire plane, including its pot. How do you decide when and how much to water?
Will Creed
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Feb 23, 2018 5:03 PM CST
Boy, off hand it sounds like too much water, too much fertilizer. I believe they need a lot of light. Gene

Rwjones
Feb 24, 2018 7:14 AM CST
Thanks Will and Gene. I water every two weeks but generally check that the top inch of soil is dry. I fertilize every time I water which is every two weeks.
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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
Feb 24, 2018 8:28 AM CST
Way too much fertilizer!
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WillC
Feb 24, 2018 8:35 AM CST
I'm not sure what your concern is. Your White Bird looks fine. It is quite normal for some leaves to split (Nature's way to protect it from uprooting) and to slowly droop as gravity prevails over older leaves. Older leaves can be cut off at any time they look unsightly.

In one photo it looks like there is dust on the leaf surface. Just make sure it is dust and not spider mites.

The pot is quite large, but this is a fast-growing plant. Gradually, you will find that it will need water more than every two weeks, but there is no evidence of a watering problem at this point.

The soil has more than enough nutrients. Do not fertilize more than twice per year and at half strength. Megadoses of fertilizer will not make it grow faster, but cause roots to burn.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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