Heliconia Rostrata Plant
Growing a variety of species that may not thrive in your outside gardens is the fun part of growing houseplants. Heliconia Plant are a fantastic illustration of this; They are tropical plants that can be grown both indoors and outdoors in zones 9 and up. Heliconia plants make a fascinating addition to your collection because of their large leaves and eye-catching blossoms.
Heliconias are native to tropical America, with nearly 200 species identified. One of the most well-known varieties of Heliconia is Heliconia rostrata, the hanging lobster claw, also known as Parakeet Flower, Parrots Beak, Parrots Flower, and False Bird of Paradise, is a herbaceous perennial plant
Heliconias are known to those who grow them as a host flower to many birds, especially the hummingbirds. Because of its unique characteristics, it is often used as a specimen for tropical gardens.
Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall (120-180 cm) and 3-6 ft. wide (90-180 cm). Performs best in full sun or slight shade in humus-rich, constantly moist, acidic or neutral, well-drained soils. Heliconia is mildly toxic to cats.
Rhizomes usually sprout within two months of planting. Smaller species heliconia’s will usually flower within six months of propagation from the rhizome. New plants need lots of water, but then only need more as the soil begins to dry out. Fertilize regularly for best growth and flowering. In the warmer summer months, you can take your heliconias outdoors, where hummingbirds will enjoy the flowers.
Heliconia Rostrata Care
Sunlight: Plant enjoys sunlight.
Watering: Allow the soil to dry out upto top 2 inches before watering again.
Soil: Freely draining soils with high organic matter.
Temperature: The plant requires a hot atmosphere.
Fertilizer: This plant loves to be fed. Fertilize 3 times a year with a top quality. granular fertilizer.
Supplement: feedings with regular applications of liquid fertilizer during warm months for heavier bloom.