Water Heliconia (Red) Plant
- Brand: PlantsNtrees
- Product Code: PNTS/67
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The unusual flowers have led to widespread cultivation of these plants, and some species have naturalized in places like Florida. The flowers grow on branched stems known as inflorescences, which may stand erect or droop depending on the species. In their native habitat, heliconias are pollinated almost exclusively by hummingbirds, although a few species are known to be bat-pollinated.
Planting And Care
Soil: Heliconia typically thrive in well-draining soil that is very rich in decaying organic matter, which the Heliconia derive their nutrients from. Garden loam enriched with leaf compost would be ideal, with an addition of a small amount of sand should the soil pack too tightly to prevent proper drainage.
Light: Heliconia grow in bright clearings, it would be good if Heliconia can be provided with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, as this would encourage continuous flowering. Lower amounts of sunlight would result in the production of lush foliage, with flowers making a less common appearace.
Watering: Heliconia love water. They should be watered as often as possible, at least once in the morning and once in the evening. The soil should never be allowed to dry out completely. Rotting of established plants as a result of over-watering is unlikely as long as the soil is free-draining.
Fertilizer: A large Heliconia can consume enormous amounts of fertilizer, and grow to immense proportions. Bonemeal is an ideal choice if one desires to make their Heliconia reach huge dimensions. However, regular fertilizing with slow-release fertilizer of NPK ratio 13:5:13 works just as well.