Heliconia Rostrata

Introduction to Heliconias

Heliconias are tropical plants related to bananas, cannas and gingers. There are about 100 different individual species, and most species then have a large number of hybrids and cultivars, with flower styles varying significantly from the original.

The actual heliconia flower is fairly insignificant. What most people would call the 'flower' is actually a group of colourful specialised leaves, called bracts. The true flowers are hidden inside these bracts.

Heliconia leaves look more or less like banana leaves. They are generally green, but some are tinged slightly with colour (particularly when young) and sometimes the leaves and stems are coloured or patterned slightly.  Some foliage is wildly coloured, however, particularly in Heliconia indica cultivars.

Heliconias grow from an underground system of rhizomes. Rhizomes are a type of root (the ginger that you buy in the supermarket is a piece of rhizome from the common edible ginger plant). There are pictures of heliconia rhizomes below, under 'Rhizomes'.

Where and how to grow heliconias
Most heliconia species do not tolerate cold weather and will suffer injury when temperatures fall below 13C. The general climatic conditions required for healthy growth are warm and humid.

All of the eastern coast of Queensland, northern stretches of New South Wales, and most areas of humid Northern Territory and Western Australia are perfect for heliconia growing - the only requirement is selection of the right cultivars.  

Zones 10-12 are excellent for heliconias. Zone 9 is fine for all except the ultra tropical species. Zone 8 will support cold tolerant heliconias if they are looked after and provided the right microclimate. See the Zone Hardiness Map page to check your Zone.

Most varieties of heliconias will grow well in full sun, where others require partial shade. They tend to grow taller if grown in shadier areas.

Heliconias prefer freely draining soils with high organic matter. They are heavy feeders and they need lots of water. They are best grown on slopes or raised beds for good drainage and they need plenty of space.

Heavy mulching is recommended to protect the soil from drying out, and to enhance the soil's organic matter. Additional irrigation is important for low rainfall areas.

Fertilisers used by home gardeners are generally chicken pellets, although complete fertilizer blends are ideal. The only significant pests for gardeners are grasshoppers, scale and mealybugs. Diseases are rare but wet feet, especially in winter, can rot the root system.

You should not prune your heliconias, as the 'stem' is actually made up of rolled leaf bases and the flowers emerge from the top of these 'pseudostems'. However, each stem will only flower once, so after flowering you can cut that stem out. This is recommended, to encourage more flowering, to increase airflow in between the stems of your plant, and also to generally tidy it up and improve the appearance.

Rhizomes
Heliconias may be propagated by division of rhizomes or from seeds, although dividing rhizomes is by far the most common method. Heliconias are seldom grown from seeds. Not all species set seed, seeds may take up to a year to germinate, and germination percentages may be poor. The seedlings that do come may not be the same as the parent plant.

Dividing rhizomes guarantees an identical plant to the parent. Propagating heliconias by division involves making a cut across a section of rhizome (ideally bearing at least one visible sucker). The cut section of rhizome can then be transplanted to a new location. The planted rhizomes usually sprout within two months.

The size and weight of Heliconia rhizomes varies depending on the species or variety. Smaller species, such as psittacorum rhizomes, may weigh only 50 to 70g. Rhizomes of large Heliconias like caribaea varieties may weigh 300g to 700g and more.

250.00

Heliconia Rostrata

  • Product Code: pg-flowering-plants-heliconia-rostrata
  • Availability: 14
  • Offer: Hello Summer Sale! Get 30% Off on Summer Vegetable Seeds. Use Coupon Code:"SVSALE30"
  • Rs 250.00

  • Ex Tax: Rs 250.00


Introduction to Heliconias

Heliconias are tropical plants related to bananas, cannas and gingers. There are about 100 different individual species, and most species then have a large number of hybrids and cultivars, with flower styles varying significantly from the original.

The actual heliconia flower is fairly insignificant. What most people would call the 'flower' is actually a group of colourful specialised leaves, called bracts. The true flowers are hidden inside these bracts.

Heliconia leaves look more or less like banana leaves. They are generally green, but some are tinged slightly with colour (particularly when young) and sometimes the leaves and stems are coloured or patterned slightly.  Some foliage is wildly coloured, however, particularly in Heliconia indica cultivars.

Heliconias grow from an underground system of rhizomes. Rhizomes are a type of root (the ginger that you buy in the supermarket is a piece of rhizome from the common edible ginger plant). There are pictures of heliconia rhizomes below, under 'Rhizomes'.

Where and how to grow heliconias
Most heliconia species do not tolerate cold weather and will suffer injury when temperatures fall below 13C. The general climatic conditions required for healthy growth are warm and humid.

All of the eastern coast of Queensland, northern stretches of New South Wales, and most areas of humid Northern Territory and Western Australia are perfect for heliconia growing - the only requirement is selection of the right cultivars.  

Zones 10-12 are excellent for heliconias. Zone 9 is fine for all except the ultra tropical species. Zone 8 will support cold tolerant heliconias if they are looked after and provided the right microclimate. See the Zone Hardiness Map page to check your Zone.

Most varieties of heliconias will grow well in full sun, where others require partial shade. They tend to grow taller if grown in shadier areas.

Heliconias prefer freely draining soils with high organic matter. They are heavy feeders and they need lots of water. They are best grown on slopes or raised beds for good drainage and they need plenty of space.

Heavy mulching is recommended to protect the soil from drying out, and to enhance the soil's organic matter. Additional irrigation is important for low rainfall areas.

Fertilisers used by home gardeners are generally chicken pellets, although complete fertilizer blends are ideal. The only significant pests for gardeners are grasshoppers, scale and mealybugs. Diseases are rare but wet feet, especially in winter, can rot the root system.

You should not prune your heliconias, as the 'stem' is actually made up of rolled leaf bases and the flowers emerge from the top of these 'pseudostems'. However, each stem will only flower once, so after flowering you can cut that stem out. This is recommended, to encourage more flowering, to increase airflow in between the stems of your plant, and also to generally tidy it up and improve the appearance.

Rhizomes
Heliconias may be propagated by division of rhizomes or from seeds, although dividing rhizomes is by far the most common method. Heliconias are seldom grown from seeds. Not all species set seed, seeds may take up to a year to germinate, and germination percentages may be poor. The seedlings that do come may not be the same as the parent plant.

Dividing rhizomes guarantees an identical plant to the parent. Propagating heliconias by division involves making a cut across a section of rhizome (ideally bearing at least one visible sucker). The cut section of rhizome can then be transplanted to a new location. The planted rhizomes usually sprout within two months.

The size and weight of Heliconia rhizomes varies depending on the species or variety. Smaller species, such as psittacorum rhizomes, may weigh only 50 to 70g. Rhizomes of large Heliconias like caribaea varieties may weigh 300g to 700g and more.

Write a review

Note: HTML is not translated!
    Bad           Good

Shop For Most Searched Plants

Seasonals:- African Violet / Aster Plant / Begonia plant / Carnation Plant / Celosia Plants / Dahlia Plant / Dianthus Plants / Geranium Plant / Gerbera Plant / Gloxonia Plant Orchids Plant / Petunia Plant / Salvia Plant / Shevanti Plant / Torenia Plant / Vinca Plant / Zinnia Plant .

Annual Flowering:- Adenium Plants / Allamanda Plant / Anthurium Plants / Bougainvillea Plant / Calanchchu Plant / Canna Plant / Euphorbia plant / Heliconia Plant / Hibiscus Plant / Hydrangea Plant / Ixora Plant / Jacobina Plant / Jasmine Plant / Lantana Plant / Lilies Plant / Mandevilla Plant / Marigold Plant / Mussaenda Plant / Nerium (Kaner) Plant / Other Flowering / Passiflora Plant / Pentas Plant / Plumeria Plant / Poinsettia Plant / Portulaca Plant / Rose Plant / Tagar Plant / Thunbergia Plant.

Plants By Type:- Aquatic Plants / Avenue Trees / Bamboos / Bonsai Plants / Bonsai Pre-Material / Cactus & Succulants / Climbers & Creepers / Diabetes Plants / Fern Flowering Plants / Fragrant Plants / Fruit Plants / Ground Covers / Hedges / Herb Plants / Indoor Plants / Insect Repellent Plants / Lucky Bamboos / Other Plants / Outdoor Plants / Palms & Cycades / Plants For Balcony / Plants for Bedroom / Plants for Entrance / Plants for Living Room / Plants for Office Desk / Plants for Terrace / Shrubs / Spice Plants & Herbs / Vaastu & Religious .

Green Plants:- Accalipha / Aglaonema / Alocasia / Arelia / Asparagus / Boston Fern / Caladium / Chlorophytum / Christmas Trees / Coleus / Cordyline / Croton Petra / Dieffenbachia / Dracaena / Duranta / English Ivy / Eranthemum / Exoecaria Plant / Ficus / Hosta / Juniper / Marantha / Money Plant / Ornamental Cabbage / Paperomia / Philondendron / Pinus / Polka Dot/ Sansevieria / Schefflera / Silver Dust / Snow Bush / Syngonium / Tulsi / Zamia.

Seeds & Bulbs:- Flowering Bulbs / Flowers Seeds / Foresty Seeds / Fruit Plants Seeds / Herbs Seeds / Lawn Grass Seeds /Magic Beans / Medicinal Seeds / Other Seeds / Seeds Packs / Special Seeds Packs / Vegetable Seeds.

Pot & Planters:- All Plastic Pots / Colorful Plastic Planters / Germination Trays / Grill Planters / Grill Pots / Hanging Baskets / Hexa Pots / Rectangular Pots / Round Pots / Self Watering Pots / Square Pots / Tower Planters .

Gift Plants:- Adenium Plants /Aglaonema / Anthurium Plant / Bonsai Plants / Ixora Lucky Bamboos / Orchids / Ornamental Fruit Plants / Valentine's Day Gift.

Garden Decor:- Ceramic Pots / Garden Tools / Pebbles.


plantsguru.com: the 24 x7 one stop nursery (Plants Shop)

India’s Biggest Online Plants Store (Garden Shop)

Welcome to the world of E Nursery! Plantsguru.com Delivering Greenery At Your Door Step. Plants Guru brings you the nursery online. No scorching heat, No insects all around, No mushy land, No muddy hands. All you find with us are fresh plants with benefits attached to it. Match your requirements to find a plant of your choice at Plants Guru. The wide range of natural plants and gardening accessories are all available on this one stop shop.

Online Shopping for Indoor plants @plantsguru.com

Plantsguru.com is India’s largest Nursery. We have wide range of indoor live plants. We have associated with many nursery plants manufactures and supplier. Plantsguru.com helps gardeners to make their dream garden by delivery all kind of gardening material at affordable price. Many kind of indoor plants are available like Insect repellent plants, air purifier plants, plants for bedroom and office space, everyone can buy online indoor plants and get free of cost home delivery.

Online shopping for Outdoor plants @plantsguru.com

Shopping for outdoor plants on plantsguru.com is easy like any goods we make sure to deliver fresh and healthy plants at your door step. We ensure the quality of plants before shipping. We followed proper process for plants preparation from collection to ship. We collect plants from many reputable plants manufacturer and check the health of plants and make them insect and diseases free before shipping. If you are going to buy plants from nursery you need proper homework to know about the plants, just go for the online shopping on plantsguru.com you will get all the details about plants from product description.

Online shopping for Seeds and Bulbs @plantsguru.com

When you think about shopping for seeds and bulbs there are many question in mind what will be the germination percentage and how to grow and transplant. We have many reputed seeds and bulbs manufactures; they are working in this segment from many decades. Bio carve seeds, Omaxe seeds, New Rama seeds, Sunrise seeds and many more, we noticed they have higher germination percentage. We provide all kind of seeds like vegetables seeds, flower seeds, fruits seeds, forestry seeds and herbs seeds.


© Plants Guru 2014. | www.plantsguru.com