Need help with Bird of Paradise

TLC27(7B)August 2, 2012

Hi All -

I brought the plant outdoors in May and all was well until a few weeks ago we had a couple weeks of scorching heat and then heavy rainfall. Leaves began to curl inward and I noticed some yellowing near the stalk. Now there are brown spots as well. Do I need more/less light & water? Keep it indoors year round? I didn't have these issues last summer (outdoors may-sept) or all winter & even grew a new branch! yay! I am a relatively inexperienced gardener and just don't know how to save it. Any help/advice is greatly appreciated...



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Having experience with plants that are to be reintroduced into the landscape I would recommend that a plant as this should be slowly brought back to full sun over a two week period. Let it sit in shade for a week and then filtered sun for five to seven days followed by full sun. Many plants with these leaves (Banana trees also) will not be happy to soak in the hot rays much as humans and many animals. Go ahead and cut those stems back as they will do no good to the regrowth of the plant. I live in Central CA. San Joaquin Valley where we have temps. up to 110 degrees in mid summer. Happy Gardening!

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