bird of paradise help and questions
Hello. I have a small bird of paradise plant in a container. I just set it outside after being in my basement all winter, and miraculously, it was green and alive. It had no leaves. However, i noticed that the center had become mushy and brown. i am pretty surethat that was rot, so i kep cutting the plant back until i got to the soil level, where there was no rot. did i do the right thing?
Also, i dug around under the plant to loosen up the soil (had compacted after long winter). i noticed a very interesting root system, large, fleshy rhizone/tuber seeming things extending almost three times the size of the plant into the soil. I accidentally broke one off, but the plant had like five more. if i was to take the fleshy root thing, could i pant it and have it grow a new plant? i would like to have some extra in case i wasn't able to remove all the rot and it kills the rest of the plant.