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I have three plants in my conservatory that I've grown from seed. They have split and flowered a number of times (I can't remember how old they are now). My problem is that two of them are pushing themselves out of their pots. I could buy bigger pots, but I'm running out of room. Is there any way to restrict their growth? Can they be root pruned? Any one else suffered this?
Hi Paradise Birdy,
Bird of Paradise plants (Strelitzia reginae) do form a mass of thick, fleshy roots, which gradually push the plants out of their pots. It's nothing to worry about and you don't have to do anything, though in the long run, they'll need bigger pots and they may even split/crack the pots they're in. Unfortunately, there's no way of restricting their growth – they'll keep on growing in even a tiny pot – so you may want to think about donating one of your plants to a school/nursing home/neighbour, to give you a bit more room!
i live in norfolk uk can i plant my bird of paradise outside its 6 ft and has 10 flowers