Did you know - That heliconias are related to bananas?
Sourced from the shady lush forests of Central and South America, there are now over 200 recognised species of Heliconia and many more cultivars. Spectacular tropical plants, they vary considerably in their habit and flowers. Some grow upright, others hang like a pendant. The majority of Heliconia flaunt bold and extravagant shades of reds and yellows, with luscious green foliage. They grow from an underground system of roots known as ‘rhizomes’. These rhizomes can be used to grow more Heliconia, providing they are well looked after. The size a Heliconia will grow depends on the species and ranges from around 60cm - 5 metres!
How should I look after my Heliconia?
Heliconias as a species grow in a wide variety of habitats worldwide including cool altitudes to warm humid tropical forest. Looking after them is pretty straightforward. They love humid and warm climates – the heat does wonders for their growth! They prefer temperatures over 20 degrees, although there are some varieties that will perform well in cooler areas, as far down the coast as Sydney. Feed and water them regularly, but do not let them get waterlogged, as this puts their roots at risk of damage....