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How to grow Heliconia

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.

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The Joy of Native Ginger, Alpinia caerulea Red Back.

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The Red Backed Ginger of Australia

Below the rainforest canopies, along the borders of NSW and QLD lives a native species that is a proven survivor and also a natural beauty. It is the Alpinia caerulea, better known as Red Backed Ginger, Native Ginger or Ginger ‘Red Back’. The colours are truly remarkable, the contrast of the leaves fade from back to front, greens to maroon with the typical ginger type frond. Gardeners appreciate the Native Ginger ‘Red Back’ for the simplistic tropical-elegance within a versatile clumping but non-invasive rhizome. This ginger is a native Australian and many gardeners also take pride in growing garden plants with natural heritage.

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Ginger Plants Grown for Foliage, Flowers and Flavour

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Ginger plants are more than a flavour

Gingers are desired by gardeners for their vibrant colours, unique designs and beautiful variations. This rhizome is a perennial herb with debated origins. Although growing naturally in India and parts of Asia, some botanist believe that since Ginger Plants have been cultivated and traded by humans for thousands of years that the exact origin is unknown.  Categorized into two groups, Edible Ginger and Ornamental Ginger, hundreds of Ginger varieties are cultivated around the world.

There are four varieties of Edible Ginger

There are four varieties of Ginger which are know as edible. They are the standard Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Turmeric (Curcuma longa), Galangal (Alpinia galangal), or Cardamon (Elettaria cardamomum) which is the seeds that are often stored in pod form. The standard Ginger is best known in its rhizome form used for many purposes including cooking. The other varieties mentioned are often enjoyed for their edible rhizomes, shoots, and leaves.

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