Gardening can be very therapeutic. It feels good to tend something living and to watch it grow and thrive. When your plants get diseases it is hard to take. You feel like all your hard work was for nothing. This talks about diseases in birds of paradise plants in particular. These are lovely plants but they get sick like any other. Fortunately there are things you can do to help them. This is good info about what you should try.
- Bird of paradise plants are not particularly prone to disease, but are not immune either so they are vulnerable to common plant ailments like root rot and leaf blight
- If your bird of paradise plant starts showing white spots surrounded by discolored rings on its leaves, then it likely has leaf blight
- Leaf blight can be treated through fungicide applied to the soil. Other diseases can be prevented by appropriate watering and a well-draining soil
“If you’re starting a bird of paradise from seed, the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Hawaii at Manoa recommends soaking the seeds for one day in room temperature water, then for half an hour in 135 F.”