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#1 of 5 Old 08-08-2002, 12:22 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My dh bought me a giant potted bird of paradise for an anniversary gift 3 years ago. Although it's nice and green it has never once bloomed. I live in Phoenix. I keep it outside in good weather, and bring it to a warm sunny room in the summers (gets up to 120) and winters (it freezes here sometimes). I have a smaller bird of paradise that also never blooms. My neighbor keeps hers out year-round and that also never blooms. How can I make my plants blooming happy?? :-)

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Mine bloomed for the first time two years ago, but I had had it for 5 years before that. I think they need to be fairly large and mature before they will bloom. They also most certainly need full sun, but it sounds like yours are already getting that. It also wouldn't hurt to give it a superbloom type fertilizer (10-50-10) about once a month during the growing season.
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Mine took about 5 years to flower & then only gets 2 flowers a year if I'm lucky. It's right next to my orange tree so that could be why. We've got these huge massive ones in one of the parks over town & they are simply smothered in flowers so it's not our climate but my garden If I'm still in this house next year, I'm gonna try either moving it or feeding it to see what happens.
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Oh, okay, so it may take awhile. In a way that's a nice anniversary present. By the time it blooms, if it will take 5 years, it will be our tenth year together! Cool!

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I have a large bird of paradise in the front yard that has been pretty much neglected for the last 10 years. It finally started blooming nicely after it got a bit more water, though. I've also been cutting off the dead leaves and flowers. It seems much happier now that it gets a little more attention.
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