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Heliconia Lobster Red - Plant
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These herbaceous plants range from 0.5 to nearly 4.5 meters tall depending on the species.The simple leaves of these plants are 15–300 cm . They are characteristically long, oblong, alternate, or growing opposite one another on non-woody petioles often longer than the leaf, often forming large clumps with age. Their flowers are produced on long, erect or drooping panicles, and consist of brightly colored waxy bracts, with small true flowers peeping out from the bracts. The growth habit of heliconias is similar to Canna, Strelitzia, and bananas, to which they are related.
|Scientifc name||Common names||Family name||Bloom period||Color of the flower|
|Heliconia rostrata||lobster-claws, toucan peak, wild plantains or false bird-of-paradise.||Heliconiaceae||Summer to autumn||reds, oranges, yellows, and greens,|
CARING & GROWING:
Heliconia plant thrives in either partial shade or full sun locations. Heliconia plant is a perennial that will arise every year from the rhizomes. New stems will develop after the old plant has flowered, creating a continuous display of the flowers over the years. Freezing temperatures will damage or kill the rhizomes. They need fertilizing in spring for best flowering and again every two months until fall. Cut back spent flowers and leaves as they occur. Always remember to clean off the dead leaves and stems from the plant as soon as possible. You can also chop the extra leaves, as they cluster when the plant begins to age.
|WATERING PROPERTIES||SOIL PROPERTIES||FERTILIZER PROPERTIES||TEMPRATURE|
|Heliconias love water, and therefore, it is advisable to water them once in the morning and evening.||Slight acidic soil&well drained
|fertilizers at least once in the season, bone meal being the most preferred one..||10° to 21°|