I purchased a Birds if Paradise plant from Palmers a few months back and have kept it as an indoor plant.

It had really thrived with several new leaves and has doubled in size. Recently the leaves have begun to curl inwards, first the newest on top and slowly the others. I did a google search which said it may be root bound so have repotted in a larger pot, but it does not seem to have solved the problem and they seem to be slowly getting worse. I can’t find anything else on google or anyone that seems to know, could it be root rot?? I have been careful not to overwater!

Thank you in advance for your help!


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Hi Patrice,

Bird of Paradise is such a beautiful and unique plant.

They really require a well-lit area, make sure they are in a bright warm room in the house. If plants are not receiving the right amount of sunlight they require, that can impact how your plant uptakes water. You can even move it out on the deck or to a position outside through the warmer months of the year but just protect it from that harsh sun as it won’t be accustomed to that direct light.

It is great that you have been making sure not to over water, the most important thing is to make sure the plant is not sitting in water, so no excess water in a saucer etc, make sure the water can drain away. It is also important to keep the soil moist, often those curling leaves can indicate the plant is not getting enough water. Give it a deep water and make sure it can drain away and then continue to keep the soil moist but not wet from then on. Bird of paradise like high humidity so you can mist it often with a spray bottle.

You have re-potted which is great. It is always good to get some new nutrients to the plant by the soil being renewed. The Leaves curling even worse could be a little bit of transplant shock. It should come right soon. Feed often during the growing season with a liquid fertiliser such as Tui Seaweed Organic Plant tonic, this will help the plant thrive.

Lastly, check for any signs of insects. If there is and mottling to the leaves, discolouration or other signs of insects you may have to spray with an insecticide.

The Palmers Team

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