The Grey Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia nicolai, is one of several species of the Strelitzia genus of South African flowering perennials. Its common name refers to the resemblance of its blooms to a bird of the same name. Popular in landscaping, Grey Birds of Paradise can bloom for most of the year when properly cared for. Birds of Paradise can propagate by seed or vegetatively. The vegetative growth in particular must be kept in check through pruning.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Plunge a spade into the soil during winter dormancy to divide unwanted root growth from the desired growth.
Pull out the unwanted roots from the ground and dispose in a compost pile or municipal green waste bin.
During the spring, cut off tattered or brown leaves at the base of the stem with pruning shears. Wear leather gloves to protect your hands.
Cut off wilted flowers at the base throughout the year to encourage fresh blooms.