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#97101 February 17th, 2007 at 09:00 PM
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I have a Bird-of-Paradise plant which is really very old and it is inundated with grass and weeds. I wanted to cut it right back, weed between the stems and allow fresh regrowth however I have found this a near impossible task! I have tried a chainsaw, handheld saw and various garden tools as well as weedkiller but absolutely nothing works! My last effort will be with a machete!

The stems are very "rubbery" and simply bend when any tool is applied to them.

Can any of you help me with some advice on this problem, please?

Cheers,

Murray

#97102 February 20th, 2007 at 12:49 AM
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Hi again Murray,
If you are not able to cut it because it bends with pressure, have a friend grab the end of the leaf and pull the stem tight! But a machete might work too!

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also, some large anvil pruners might work.

#97104 February 20th, 2007 at 03:20 AM
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Even saws wouldn't do it-I KNOW ! I had a BOP that was so out of control. I grew to hate that thing.
I have found that the best way to keep them from becoming monsters is to keep them in large containers.

#97105 February 20th, 2007 at 02:24 PM
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I use serrated kitchen knife to trim my Bird of Paradise [BoP]. Don't need to use force, the sawing motion of the blade will cut through. A ratchet pruner will work as well for trimming.

To separate [divide] baby BoP's from tne main trunk I use machete with serrated tip.

#97106 February 23rd, 2007 at 12:26 AM
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Thank's for the advice, guys! I think I'll try the serrated kitchen knife option, thank you "Papito" but I also like the idea of having someone (I think my wife) pull the leaves tight when I saw thru the plant with the knife, thank you "Kodell".

I'll have to get someone with a camera to take pictures at the time of "separation", Ha Ha!

I'll let you know how I get on

Cheers,

Murray


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