Heliconia in Hawaii – Tropical Garden E

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Featured Plant in This Garden - Helliconia

Heliconia Plant Hawaii
Heliconia in Hawaii

Heliconia in Hawaii
Heliconia Flower Hawaii
Name of Plant: Heliconia

Type of Plant: Beautiful/Useful


1) Plant History & General Information:

a) Scientific & Other Names: Heliconia caribaea (Heliconiaceae)

b) Region of Origin: Tropical American;

c) General History: When heliconias were first discovered, they were initially classified as part of the banana family. This was soon corrected as Heliconia doesn't produce fruit. Most heliconia are grown for their beautiful flowers.

2) Plant Uses:

a) As Food: /

b) As Medicine: /

c) Other Uses: Some cultures in the South Pacific use heliconia leaves to wrap food, temporarily thatch roofs, and cover stone ovens.

3) Growing Instructions

a) Growing: Most heliconia species do not tolerate cold weather. Most varieties of heliconias will grow well in full sun, whereas others require partial shade. They tend to grow taller if grown in shadier areas.

b) Best time to Harvest: /

c) Sunlight Requirements: Full Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sunlight

d) Soil Requirements: /

e) Propagation: Cutting, Division, Grafting, Seed, Separating

  • You can transplant the whole plant with the root (rhizome) or grow from rhizome cuttings
  • The piece of rhizome that you is the thick, woody, root that grows horizontally under the ground, the leaf stems grow up and the feeder roots grow down.
  • Rhizome can be divided into pieces, each one needs to have a growth eye on it, sort of like potato 'eyes'
  • You can choose to soak it in a weak solution of water and fertilizer to make absorption better or plant it straight into the ground root side down
  • Use a good mix of composted soil, plant and tamp lightly
  • Protect it from the chickens by placing white buckets around it so they don't dig them up
  • Water thoroughly

f) Controlling Spread: /

g) Difficulties with this plant: The only significant pests for gardeners are grasshoppers, scale, and mealybugs. Diseases are rare but wet feet, especially in winter, can rot the root system.

h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia: /

i) Location on Property: Garden E


Pre-Volcano Garden E Instructions

A brief walkthrough outlining Garden E's borderlines and how to keep them looking as beautiful as ever and ensuring vehicles can safely travel down the road to the designated parking areas on the property.

Volunteer Weeding
Volunteer Weeding


  • The driveway side Border of the property is shared with neighbor Lloyd. From Front Gate to Aloha Bus.

Lodgings and/or Facilities in areas of the Garden

This Decorative Garden has the following plants

  • Heliconia
  • Monstera
  • Ti Tree
  • Yellow Ginger
  • Blue Ginger
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Impatiens
  • Thimbleberries

Maintenance Activities For This Garden

  • Main Weeds: Cane Grass, Stink Maile, lawn grass, Mexican Sunflower
    • Eradicate cane grass as close to the base as possible using a Kama and pickax out if accessible
    • Stink Maile wraps itself around larger plants and their leaves, use a Kama for removal
    • Mexican Sunflower will grow wild rapidly. Keep trimmed by snapping the branch with your hands and throw like a spear over the crater edge into the cane grass
    • Dump weeds onto the berm on the side of Jungle Cottage to build a safe slope at a 45° angle.
Hedonisia Driveway
Driveway Side Garden E
  • Identification and Labeling
    • Tag and label transplanted trees with color tree ribbon.
    • Label the tree with the date it was transplanted (only babies so we can see the growth process)
    • Update plant pages if any are added or removed from the garden.
  • Borders & Maintenance:
    • Keeping the borders free of weeds and mosses is easy and can be done weekly during Spring/Summer, and bi-weekly in Fall/Winter for 15 minutes during a shift.
    • Use a weed whacker to trim grasses where needed, making sure NOT to hit the plants or trees
    • Fine hand weeding in the rest of the garden using a Kama to remove choking weeds and climbers
    • Trim decorative plants and trees that are obstructing/overhanging the driveway with electric trimmers
    • Add soil to smaller plants, trim, and add more soil as needed
    • We also collect wood shavings from projects to use as decorative mulch in non-food beds. Guava inhibits plant and weed growth, so use in decorative areas only.
    • If you have processed compost, mix in equal amounts with soil for feeding.
  • Harvesting:
    • Harvesting berries regularly when in season, promotes budding and growth low to the ground. Keep an eye out to see if it's needed weekly or bi-weekly.


Post-Volcano Online Community

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Over a 14-year history, the Hedonisia community developed websites, books, and eCourses.

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