Mexican Bird of Paradise turning yellow

nickw252November 26, 2012

I planted four Mexican Birds of Paradise about 2 months ago and since planting they have done very well and shown new growth. Just today I noticed that they are starting to turn yellow. Is that because of the season or should I be worried? Could they be getting too much water? They get a good bit of spray from the yard sprinkler system.

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    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 10:15PM
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GeeS 9b

They are deciduous here in the VOTS, and this is the time of year they start running down, though they often remain substantially foliated through December. Looks perfectly normal to me. As an aside, it probably isn't best for them to see water more than once per week at this point.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 10:45PM
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I agree, they're fine - all my pinnate-leaf plants (Guajillo, Kidneywood, Santa Rita acacias, etc.) have looked like that for several weeks now. They're turning yellow and shedding from the inside out and from the bottom up, just like yours. Nothing to worry about!

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 11:53PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

I'll just add my voice to the chorus, they're going dormant or partially dormant for winter, and definitely not something to worry about. Great pics, thanks for posting them. Keep us posted on these and the rest of your garden too. Happy gardening!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 5:02PM
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