When Giant Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) begin to clump
My wife bought two alleged "bird of paradise" plants a couple of years ago. Over time it has become clear that these are giant bird of paradise instead, as they are pushing 9 feet and are still growing strong, and are becoming uncomfortably large in our house. They've never been outside.
During the heat and humidity of our summer here I imagine it would grow like mad and be completely unable to come back in if I were to move it outside, BUT - do you think it would grow enough where I would at least get suckers forming where I could grow the next generation of them and assume the parent plant is simply going to die when winter comes? I imagine the 9 foot plants would easily reach 12 feet by Thanksgiving or so when the first frosts come.