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sara82lee(8a - SE Va)April 11, 2014

I have two birds of paradise that I repotted yesterday. The pots they were in had a bit of an awkward shape. One went well, but I had an issue with the other one, and I broke most of the thick roots off to just a few inches long! Did I kill it? Is there anything I can do to help it try to survive?

Thank you.

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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

Hey sara......I checked out ur post to see what kind of "REPORTing" had gone!!!

Oops...!! Rough day and late nite, huh?

Can u edit subjects? (only pointed it out since u may get less replies)


    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 12:43PM
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sara82lee(8a - SE Va)

Oops! I didn't even notice til you pointed that out! I can't edit the subject - maybe I can figure out how to delete it and repost? I'll try to figure it out.

Enjoy this lovely day!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 2:54PM
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brit5467(7b/8a Coastal VA)

I am!! Sent u an email early AM. Haven't got nearly as much done as I wanted. Need to get off here and back outside but asked plant ID question and keep checking for replies so I can plant the darn

You outside too?? Soooo nice. Feet getting thong (flip-flop) sunburn...hahahah!

This post was edited by brit5467 on Sat, Apr 12, 14 at 15:01

    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 2:58PM
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aachenelf z5 Mpls

It's been a long time since I've grown a "Bird", but as I remember these things are pretty tough.

Generally speaking if a plants root system has been compromised (roots chopped off), the leaves are going to suffer because there aren't enough roots to supply them with water. And generally speaking, the solution to that is to remove some of the leaves until the roots have an opportunity to regrow. Without seeing the plant, it's hard for me to judge if this is necessary or not, but keep an eye on the plant. If it starts to look droopy and stays that way, it might to something to consider.


    Bookmark   April 12, 2014 at 4:44PM
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sara82lee(8a - SE Va)


Thanks for the encouragement! I did trim off a few leaves that already had a bit of damage anyway, so I figured that would clean it up a little and help it survive. I appreciate that advice.

So far I think it's okay. I'm glad to hear you say they're tough. I do feel like it's a little hard to tell since the stems and leaves are so stiff I'm not sure they would really ever look droopy unless they were brown and dead...

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 4:42PM
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