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How to Divide a White Bird of Paradise in the Ground


images (7) Bird of paradise makes a beautiful addition to any flower garden. The plant gets its name from its beautiful flower, which resembles a brightly colored bird in flight. White bird of paradise, also called tree bird of paradise, has a distinct stem.
If you have a white bird of paradise, you can propagate it by dividing it. While plants grown from seed will bloom in 3 to 5 years, division will produce a flowering plant in 1 to 2 years.

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

  • Gardening spade or shovel
  • Sharp knife
  1. Carefully dig around the plant to unearth the underground stems or rhizomes.

  2. Cut the rhizomes with the sharp knife. Each division should have a fan with roots attached.

  3. Replant each division in a small pot and place in indirect sunlight.

  4. Water frequently for up to 8 weeks.

  5. Transplant the new plants back into your flower garden.

Tips & Warnings

  • Divide your plants in the early spring before new growth begins.

  • Plant your new divisions at the same soil depth as the original plant.

  • Keep soil moist until new roots are established.

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