This is a tall,
Flowers and foliage
NB: Photos in Auckland Botanic Gardens files have
Prefers fertile moist soils in a shelte
Preparation for planting
Many Auckland soils have a high clay content and are poorly drained. Plant in spring into a layer of mulch to help overcome this problem. Mulching with organic materials will also help improve soil structure, aid in the development of feeding roots, conserve soil moisture and prevent weed growth. Layer upon layer of mulch should be spread
Always choose healthy, well-grown
In spring or autumn, apply organic fertiliser such as sheep pellets, or apply a fortnightly seaweed-based foliar feed in the early morning or evening, but not during the heat of the day.
Throughout the flowering season, deadhead to encourage further flowering. Old leaves may need trimming off throughout summer. Ordinarily, heliconia should be cut back in autumn, ready for winter. If they are in a cooler position, this is probably best left until spring so the plant has more protection from the cold.
Dividing is a great way to rejuvenate and get more
This plant may require
Pests and diseases
Relatively free of
Location at Auckland Botanic Gardens
Interesting facts and tips
The use of tropical and subtropical