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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bird of Paradise FAQ

Problem
Why has my Bird of Paradise leaves rolled up?

Answer (Thank you Stef)
Chances are that your Bird of Paradise is infected with spider mites. These pests will cause the leaves to roll / curl inward. The spider mites suck the leaves dry thus turning them yellow / brown and causing them to roll up.


Problem
How often should I water my Bird of Paradise

Answer
Generally once a week should be a sufficient watering schedule for your Bird of Paradise. As a general rule of thumb, when the soil is dry to touch, water


Problem
Can I grow my Bird of Paradise outside?

Answer
If you live in a warm climate, yes, you can grow Bird of Paradise outside. Generally I have found that Bird of Paradise plants can usually tolerate brief exposure to temperatures under 30 degrees however you can severely limit flower production and growth when exposed for any extended periods of time. One night you should be fine, but more than that, probably not.

I personally do not have any experience with this houseplant outdoors, however below are other Web sites that do:

http://www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/OF-27.pdf
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG106


Problem
How often / when will my Bird of Paradise flower?

Answer
Typically it may take 3 - 5 years to flower, depending on the size of the plant as well as how much light, water and humidity the plant is receiving.


Problem
Are Bird of Paradise plants poisonous?

Answer
Yes, the Bird of Paradise is a poisonous houseplant. Keep your houseplant away from pets and children that may eat / chew on the plant.

Read the complete Bird of Paradise Care post for detailed information on how to care for this houseplant.




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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was told if I use hair spray on my drooping plant it will perk it up.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why does my bird of paradise bend its leaves?

11:36 AM  

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