Bird of Paradise Curling and brown edges – House Plant Journal

Bird of Paradise Curling and brown edges

Plant: White Bird of Paradise

How long have you had the plant? 1-6 months


I have lots of brown edges in the leaves and curling leaves – it had some brown edges when I purchased it.

Light Situation:

Plant parent: it’s in a north-east facing balcony and gets about 4 hours of morning sun.

How do you determine WHEN to water? Initially I heard that BOP should be kept moist and watered maybe every 3 days. In the past 10 days I held back until the top is slightly dry. I want to know how to determine when to water.

Describe HOW you water: I fully soak the soil, letting excess drain away.

Fertilizer? I recently started using 24-8-16 fertilizer


Darryl’s Analysis: looks like a potting mixture of peat moss/coco coir + perlite + bark chips.

Darryl’s Analysis

The current location where you have it is great in terms of light.

Your watering strategy sounds good.  It’s good to occasionally flush the soil so excess water that drains through can leach away built up minerals.  IMPORTANT: although this flushes out built up minerals, it also flushes out nutrients so be sure to keep up with fertilizing (it sounds like you have been). And remember that this only minimizes the brown patches – you can never completely prevent it!

Your Bird of Paradise plant looks completely within normal parameters to me.

The reality is older leaves will eventually get blemishes or yellow and will fall off by no fault of yours.  Browning and leaf rips can never be reversed or completely prevented.  As long as the overall plant is healthy and growing in the right light (which yours seems like it is), then you can enjoy the overall plant even if a few leaves die off here and there.  Don’t let perfectionism ruin your plant journey!

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