Make a statement in your garden with this beautiful, evergreen perennial. It produces large, green leaves that grow up to 1.8 metres long and attractive, bright red, bracts from June to September. This Heliconia is well suited to tropical gardens and its flower stalks make useful indoor decorations. It prefers humus rich, well drained soil in a protected, warm location.
|Size — 300mm|
|Growth Width — 2m|
|Growth Height — 2m|
|Flower Colour — Red, White|
|Flowering Period — June, July, August, September|
|Light Requirements — Morning Sun, Part Shade, Shade|
|Soil Requirements — Well drained soil|
Cultivate the soil before planting. Dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the container. Remove the plant from the container and place it in the hole, so that the soil level of the plant is the same as the surrounding soil. Fill the hole with soil, tamp down firmly, and water well, even if the soil is moist.
Keep soil moist, especially during dry weather.
Remove spent flower stalks with a pair of clean, sharp secateurs. Ensure the whole flower stalk is cut back to ground level. Also, regularly remove dead and dying leaves (that are usually yellow) to avoid these taking strength from the plant.