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When Do You Prune Desert Bird of Paradise?


Question: When Do You Prune Desert Bird of Paradise?

Unlike the Strelitzia reginae with which we are most familiar at florist shops, and which enjoys humid climates, there's also a desert bird of paradise. More specifically, there are three types of this plant:

  1. Red Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima)
  2. Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana)
  3. Yellow Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii)

The answer to the question, "When do you prune desert bird of paradise?" will vary from type to type....


Also called "poinciana," red bird of paradise should be pruned in late winter or early spring. Mexican bird of paradise and yellow bird of paradise can also be pruned at that time but should be pruned more sparingly (if at all).

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