Heliconia species

Heliconia species

Heliconias are tropical to subtropical clumping plants native to central and South America, Carribean and certain south pacific regions

There are hundreds of varieties of heliconias ranging from about 70cm to 5m tall. They are a vigorous grower producing many different coloured bracts.

They make fantastic cut flowers and can be used as a screen. Here in Queensland they usually have their growing season from around October until March. They like rich organic soil and regular complete fertiliser during their growing season to produce their amazing flowers. Remove any dead flowers or foliage to encourage new growth.

Do not overwater Heliconia during cooler months as it can cause the rhizomes to rot. Also do not plant them in poor draining soils.

We usually stock Heliconias from October until about March.

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Plant Growing Tips

Where to Grow

Heliconias thrive in tropical and subtropical climates, making them ideal for Australian gardens, particularly in warmer regions. They can be grown in full sun or partial shade, but some varieties, like Heliconia 'Red Christmas', prefer shaded areas and can also be grown in large pots. They are excellent for creating a tropical look and can be used as screening plants due to their dense foliage and fast growth.

Temperature

Heliconias prefer warm temperatures and can tolerate a range between 20°C to 30°C. They are not frost-tolerant, so if you live in an area with colder winters, consider growing them in pots that can be moved indoors or to a sheltered location during cooler months.

Humidity

These plants thrive in high humidity, reminiscent of their native tropical environments. Aim for humidity levels around 60-80%. If you live in a drier area, increase humidity by misting the plants regularly or placing a humidity tray nearby.

Soil Type

Heliconias grow best in rich, well-draining soil that is kept consistently moist. A mix of peat moss, perlite, and organic matter creates an ideal growing medium. Ensure the soil is airy and has good water retention properties to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.

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