Tropicals forum: Can I make Heliconia seedlings from cutting?

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Name: Humberto
Brazil (Zone 11b)
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IndigoSpirit
Jun 10, 2020 12:51 PM CST
The title says it all, but to explain a little more, I got two cuttings from Heliconia psitcorum (something like that) and another one with red flowers. The friend that gave me tried to grab them but they broke a fresh cutting, I took it as most plants can root. But I am not sure if this will be successful. Does anyone have an advice if I should put them on soil, water or whatever else?
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 10, 2020 3:30 PM CST
Heliconia grow from rhizomes. The leaves or stalks attached the the rhizomes that your friend gave you are unimportant right now and you can cut them off. They will usually die back anyway while the plant roots itself and gets established. The rhizome is the fleshy part that has roots. You should plant the rhizomes in soil just to the level that they were previously growing. Water sparingly until they send up new growth in the form of new stalks. They are easy to rot until they are established.
I have grown many over the last 35 years they are one of my favorite plants.
These are a few of mine



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Name: Humberto
Brazil (Zone 11b)
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IndigoSpirit
Jun 11, 2020 6:19 PM CST
those are gorgeous plants! I left them into the water, some have a bit of rhizomes, but most are just small trunks. I will plant the ones with root in a bowl tomorrow ASAP. Thanks for the advice.
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 13, 2020 2:57 PM CST
These are mine, growing beside my gravel driveway. They send new rhizomes out underground - usually into the driveway - and I just pull them up gently and plant them back into the bed. I don't think just a stem cutting will root and grow, unless it has some significant roots attached. A piece of rhizome, yes, but not the stem.
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