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Huge bird-of-paradise related plant

Posted by vetbridge 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 10, 09 at 12:36

My gf has had a huge (over 10 feet tall) plant that she keeps in her sun room. She has had it for about ten years. It was used in a photo shoot, and afterwords was going to be discarded. She took it home.

She was told it was related to the bird of paradise. It has huge leaves and has never flowered. I could post a pic if that would help.

The current problem is that it is producing many new leaves, but they are not unfurling. This has never happened before. Prior to this year, new leaves would emerge and unfurl without problems. This year, we are considering wearing goggles to protect our eyes from the rolled up leaves.

Deficiency? Root bound?

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RE: Huge bird-of-paradise related plant

Here is a picture (not actual plant, but it looks just like it)

Here is a link that might be useful: Bird of Paradise Tree

RE: Huge bird-of-paradise related plant

Hmmm... might be a Heliconia of some kind, but my guess would be the white bird of paradise, Strelitzia nicolae, which is commonly sold as a foliage plant. It's a close relative of the typical bird of paradise but grows much bigger, the flowers are not nearly as showy, and it will rarely bloom indoors.

As for what's wrong with it, sorry but I have no clue.

RE: Huge bird-of-paradise related plant

Strelitzias often roll their leaves if they don't get enough water to help prevent water loss. They also do it when they are overwatered.

RE: Huge bird-of-paradise related plant

Thanks for the info! Humidity (too low) seems to be the likely culprit.

RE: Huge bird-of-paradise related plant

Having a second look at the photo, I would have to agree that the plant is extremely rootbound--that pot is much too small for a plant that size. Get that poor thing into a larger pot!

RE: Huge bird-of-paradise related plant

" but they are not unfurling."

Is this a case of each new furl becoming entrapped in the previous furl? Cut it off and the next time it happens, manually unroll the furl.

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