I live in the UK and have a Bird of Paradise plant that has not been doing too well for just under a year now.

Currently, all the leaves have curled in at the edges and have dried up and gone brown on the edges. Some leaves have died, some have gone yellow/brown others are still green. I have had to support the plant with canes as it started falling over. See photos below.

I have tried:

  • Bright room (light meter reading 800 Lux)
  • Less bright room (light meter reading 200 Lux)
  • Grow light to boost lighting
  • Watering less (moisture meter saying moist/dry)
  • Watering more (moisture meter saying wet/moist)
  • Warmer rooms (18 degrees Celsius)
  • Cooler rooms (14/15 degrees Celsius)

Any ideas what is wrong with my plant?

leaf close up

full plant and pot

close up of stems and canes

top view of plant

curled leaf

2 Answers 2


Warmer rooms (18 degrees Celsius)

That might be the problem (and most people outside of the UK would not consider 18°C to be "warmer" :-).

Average indoor temperatures of 65-80°F are best for the Bird of Paradise.

Bird of Paradise 101: How to Care for Bird of Paradise Plants

That's about 18–25°C, so you're right at the low end, and I expect it gets even colder at night.

  • The site linked to above contains a "Common Issues" link; one of those issues is the OP's question: bloomscape.com/common-issue/…. Nice find, Ray. +1
    – Jurp
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 16:48
  • I will try increasing the heating in the room with the plant to 21°C and see what happens.
    – Josh
    Commented Feb 23, 2023 at 16:19

Is that a heat vent I see in the first picture? Many plants won't tolerate being in the breeze from a heat vent. Even tropical plants you might expect to enjoy hot breezes. The mark on the attached picture is what I was looking at.

If it is, you have some possible choices.

  • Move the plant to a window not near a heat vent.
  • Put a diffuser on the vent to direct the air flow away from the plant.
  • Put in some kind of barrier between the plant and the heat vent to keep the air flow off the plant.

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  • I'd worry about a draft from that window, too, especially if in the UK, which isn't known for its well-sealed double-glazed windows.
    – Jurp
    Commented Feb 21, 2023 at 16:45
  • It's a blind that is rolled up, not a vent of any kind. The window frames are not perfectly sealed so there could be a draft coming through.
    – Josh
    Commented Feb 23, 2023 at 16:18

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