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Bird of Paradise. Help needed?

The Bird of Paradise is not doing so well. We bought this plant last year from Home depot and it has not grown at all. Do we need to re pot this plant are. Any ideas? 
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Posted 2015-08-13T15:17:25+0000  by sahmad sahmad

Hi Sahmad.


Thank you for your question and welcome to our community.


Thank you for the pictures.  They tell me a lot.  When you purchased the Bird of Paradise plant from The Home Depot Garden Department it should have been transplanted into a bigger pot within the first 3-6 months. 


From the looks of the plants in your picture, they could be suffering from a lack of water along with a compacted root system.  How often do you water these plants?  Depending on where you live, it may have to be necessary to watering the plants 2-3 times a week.  Keep the soil damp but not wet.  Do not over water. 


For your first step, let’s try a transplant to a bigger pot.  Pick one that is at least three times bigger than the ones the plants are in now.  Use a good quality potting soil. Check with your local Home Depot Garden Department for some recommendations.  Use a soil that drains well such as a cactus mix



If the weather I your area has been very warm and dry, place the plants in the shade for about two days after transplanting them.  This will help to reduce the possible shock of the transplant.  Water the plants well when you transplant them to the new pot and add additional potting soil.

Do not let your plants dry out between watering.  If the soil dries out, it will have a tendency to shrink and pull away from the sides of the pot.  When this happens, the water will actually flow straight through the pot and out the bottom and not hydrate the plant.


Be sure to take some before and after pictures as your plant recovers.


Please let us know if you have any further questions.



Posted 2015-08-14T16:50:34+0000  by Rick_HD_OC
Hi Shamad,

Your Bird of Paradise definitely needs to be re-potted. The soil just can't hold enough water to supply that plant.

Not all plants that appear this way need re-potting, though. If a potted plant that is in good condition otherwise gets too dry, you can re-hydrate the soil by placing the entire pot (with the plant still in it) into a larger pail of water, so that it can soak up the water like a sponge would.

It takes about an hour or so for a dry pot to absorb water from the pail through its drain holes in the bottom of the pot. Don't let the plant stay in the pail for too long, though. Plants can drown that way.

Posted 2015-08-14T17:30:24+0000  by Travis_HD_ATL
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