How to Trim a Bird of Paradise Plant


Bird of paradise plants are exotic additions to arid gardens and can successfully grow in containers in other climates. Often placed at entryways or poolsides, these colorful plants do not need a great deal of specialized care. Trimming it throughout the growing season keeps the plant looking healthy and attractive, while cutting it extensively at the end of the winter will help encourage lush springtime growth.

Difficulty: Easy


Things You’ll Need:

  • Sharp scissors or pruning shears
  1. Trim ripped or ragged-looking leaves year-round to help the plant maintain its appearance. Protecting bird of paradise from wind will help keep its leaves in good shape.

  2. Prune growth from the bottom of the plant’s trunk if you prefer a neater appearance, but such trimming is not necessary for the health of the plant.

  3. Trim off old flower stalks and any dead and dying leaves at all stages of growth to prevent the development of fungus.

  4. Cut the branches back by several inches in August to encourage more flowers throughout the fall.

  5. Prune the plant’s stems back so that they measure 6 to 12 inches above ground after the danger of frost is past in the early spring. Pruning this much allows total renewal of the branches and will keep the plant growing in a compact and more attractive shape.

  6. Cut the plant nearly to ground in the winter if you want to more actively control its growth and spread. It will recover in the spring.

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