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Remove the dead leaves and flowers from the ground to prevent them from molding. Place them in a compost bin or throw them away in the garbage.
A giant bird of paradise, also known as a gray or white bird of paradise, does not contain branches. The plant produces stems that grow in a clump. Leaves grow off the stem to create a fan. The bird of paradise needs to be trimmed to remove any clumps from the base of the plant and to remove invasive leaves and flower blooms. A giant bird of paradise can reach up to 30 feet in height once it matures and the flower stalks can grow as tall as 5 feet.
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Wear garden gloves to protect your hands from the sharp edges of the plant. Wear a long-sleeved shirt if possible to also protect your arms from the sharp foliage.
Remove any dead leaves and flowers from the plant with pruning shears. Cut the foliage at the location where the leaves or flowers contact the stem.
Pull flower stalks off the plant once they finish blooming. This keeps the plant looking attractive.
Remove leaf shoots from the base of the plant. Cut the shoots off as close to the ground as possible.
Water the giant bird of paradise after you trim it. This will help it to recover.
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