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, where 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 which 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 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