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Pruning Mexican Bird of Paradise

Posted by lorrie_s 10a (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 26, 07 at 13:56

I planted 2 MBOP late last summer. They did very well, but this winter we had an ice storm for 3 days. Now they are just sticks. Are they dead? Is it too late to cut them down to the ground? The Crepe Myrtles we planted around the same time are now full of leaves and new growth, but these are just sticks. BTW, we are in Austin, Texas.

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RE: Pruning Mexican Bird of Paradise

MBOPs along with desert willows and mimosa are some of the last things to leaf out in my garden. I've got all three and they're all still "sticks." I don't really expect them to leaf out until daytime temps are regularly in the 80's and night temps are over 50 (sometime in May for me). I'd give 'em a bit more time to break dormancy.

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