Ask a Question forum: Bird of Paradise - leaf brown, curl and repotting

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Vancouver WA
krestik_sunny
May 15, 2018 1:44 PM CST
Hi everyone! I am back with more dying plants haha I guess my grandpas green thumb didn't pass down to me!

I got bird of paradise - my dream plant as a gift. I've been taking it outside to get more light in warmer weather (75 and up) and it curls when I put it in the direct sunlight so I stopped doing that.

Now I have new leaves growing and a brand new leaf that just unfolded has a brown spot on it. Uh oh.... what went wrong?

Another question, there are 3 stems In this pot, do I need to repot and separate them or not? When DO I need to repot them anyway?

Thank you so much for your help, I love plants and they make me very happy but having hard time keeping them alive Sad maybe with your help I'll suceed!
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 15, 2018 3:00 PM CST
White Birds of Paradise are pretty hardy plants as long as they are given adequate sun and water. However, if you are looking for a plant wiht near perfect leaves, this is not a good choice. It is a fast grower, but the leaves often have some minor spots, brown edges and torn leaves.

Moving yours outside was not a good idea, as you now know and is probably the cause of the brown spot on the new leaf.

Keep your BOP right in front of and close to a sunny window or in shade if you move it outside. Water it thoroughly as soon as the surface of the soil feels almost dry.

Don't try to separate the plants as their roots are completely entwined and there is no advantage in doing so.

When your plant needs a thorough watering more than twice weekly, then you can move it into a pot one size smaller. When you do up-pot it, add soil to the bottom and sides of the new pot, but do not add any soil on top.

Fertilize it monthly at heal-strength.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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