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Do giant bird of paradise have invasive roots?

Last Updated: 6th May, 2021

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Bird of paradise plants develop large roots that grow in a tightly compacted root ball. This makes the roots difficult to extract just by pulling up on the plant, but if you don't remove all the roots, the plant can grow back.

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Also question is, do Bird of Paradise have invasive roots?

The root system isn't the problem with the Nicolai its the girth of the trunk/s. The trunk width and basal structural roots will wreck your concrete. Keep it well away from concrete and they are fine.

Additionally, how do you get rid of giant bird of paradise roots? Use a hand saw or chain saw, and cut it down to about 12 inches above the ground. You will then have room to dig and still have part of the plant to grip to pull it out of the soil. Start to dig a circle around your giant bird of paradise plant with a spade. Dig about 12 to 18 inches, and cut in under the root ball.

Just so, how deep are giant bird of paradise roots?

Dig straight down to a depth of at least 18 to 20 inches, which is the depth of most older bird of paradise plant's roots.

How long does it take for a giant bird of paradise to grow?

nicolai are beautiful plants that can be successfully grown inside. The biggest drawbacks are their size—they grow to 5 to 6 feet tall—and the fact that the plants need three to five years before they flower.

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