when to prune bird of paradise

How to Trim a Bird of Paradise

Trimming is distinct from pruning, in my opinion, and thinning is something else entirely. Trimming is the process of removing a small portion of a plant that is diseased, dead, or damaged. A bird of paradise can be trimmed whenever you choose because there is little chance of damage because you are only taking out a small portion of the plant. To avoid bringing in and spreading disease, you should always have sanitized equipment, safety gear, and sharp tools on hand when cutting into a plant.

A clean way to trim a bird of paradise is to remove only the damaged material up to where it joins the main body of the plant. This prevents dead stems from detracting from the plant’s aesthetic appeal. Retain any leaves with more than 50% live tissue.

How to Prune a Bird of Paradise

Bird of paradise pruning is a more serious affair. The same rationale as for trimming applies here, but the objectives are more comprehensive and integrated. If an older plant is too large, you might want to trim off its leaves and stems that block a window or pathway.

This requires more severe pruning, and early spring is the best time to tackle it. Instead of using hedge trimmers, which will create uneven cuts and leave jagged, damaged edges, use loppers, hand pruners, or a pruning saw.

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It is preferable to remove the leaves one at a time at the height of the red lines if you want the plants to grow back on the main stem. But dont cut through the core, cut only the leaves. There won’t be any more growth if you remove the core because that is where new growth will come from next year.

You can cut the core even lower than where the red lines are drawn if all you want is for the suckers to grow the following year.

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