Description of Heleconia plant - Knowledgebase Question

Chicago, Il
Question by wpaetsch
July 10, 2008
I bought a Heleconia plant from your store.
There was no information attached to it.
I need all the information pertinent to that plant, so that I can take care of it.
Eve Paetsch

Answer from NGA
July 10, 2008


The heliconia is a genus with many species of plants. Most of the plants in this genus are flowering plants. Heliconia plants are native to tropical regions. The majority of these flowers can be found in the pacific islands. They are beautiful and unique flowering plants. There are many popular heliconia flowers. Some of the most popular include the lobster-claw, the wild plantain, ginger, and the false birds-of-paradise.

Since I don't know exactly what you are growing, here are some general guidelines for growing tropical plants indoors:
Provide warm temperatures (60-85?F) and high humidity (set plants on a gravel filled tray in which you keep an inch or so of water. When the water evaporates, it will raise the humidity.)

Most tropical plants do best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West. Use a good general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well). Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist; use tepid or room temperature water. Feed every two weeks with a water soluble fertilizer while the plant is actively growing.

Hope this answers all your questions!

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