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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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HIbiscus Insularis-Philip Island Hibiscus

Hibiscus Insularis - Philip Island Hibiscus

Hibiscus Insularis is also known as Philip Island Hibiscus, due to its’ being found in only ONE spot in the wild (can you guess where?)

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Black Sapote-Gardening for Chocaholics

 

Black Sapote - Chocolate Pudding Fruit 

If you’re a chocolate fan (and let’s face it-who isn’t?) then you will want to hear about the Black Sapote, or Chocolate Pudding Fruit. As the name suggests, this is an extraordinary plant whose fruits produce a healthier version of that universal favourite, chocolate pudding. Alright, so it won’t be exactly the same and nor does it come in a handy little pot-but the taste and texture are unique and delicious!

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It's Raining... Plants! Why rainwater is better for your garden.

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 All plants need water to survive-it’s as simple as that. If you don’t water your plants they will surely die, and of course any type of water is better than none at all-but did you know that some water is better than others? Rainwater is water in its purest and most natural form, and as such surely it makes sense that it is the best thing to water your plants with. I mean, it’s been doing a pretty good job for millions of years, right?

Rainwater vs Tap Water

Rainwater falls straight from the sky, and although there are some arguments that suggest that the problem of acid rain may cause damage to plants, there is little doubt that it is a cleaner, safer and more natural way to water your plants. Tap water is treated with chemicals to make it safe for human consumption, and these chemicals are not necessarily good for our plants.

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Natural Pollinators

Nature's Little Helpers

It is hard to believe that a tiny insect holds the key to life as we know it, but the truth is that without the humble bee, the human race would seriously struggle to survive. This is because bees are responsible for the ongoing growth and production of plants-without bees to pollinate them, plants would not be able to reproduce and most of the natural life on earth would quickly die out. Sounds a bit dramatic, doesn’t it?!

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