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Heliconias

Exotic Heliconias

These are a close relative of the banana family, quintessentially tropical with large banana like leaves producing flowers that immediately remind you of a tropical paradise. They are not in any way hardy in our climate but one or two of the species are root hardy to lower temperatures and more tolerant of cool conditions during summer growth. If anyone has a warm conservatory or heated greenhouse to bring them on, they can be raised from seed. The seed requires soaking for two/three days and sown in a well drained damp compost at a temperature of 30°C. The seed may take a couple of months to germinate and the seedlings will need a temperature of 30C by day, 18°C to 22°C by night and good sunlight to bring them on. Sow in late spring when our improving weather conditions will help. By mid summer the plants could be used outside in pots for tropical foliage effect. It is possible to grow the shorter varieties to flowering size, usually triggered by our reduced autumn daylight hours, given a reasonable sunny warm humid position.

Heliconia griggsiana

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Pendent Heliconia 5 seeds 

Heliconia griggsiana, native to cloud forests to 2000m, is one of the more cool tolerant Heliconia that will thrive in temperate conditions. A medium-sized Heliconia with pendent, spiralling inflorescences supported by leaves that have maroon midribs and are whitish below.

Heliconia latispatha

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Yellow Gyro 10 seeds 
Heliconia latispatha is one of the root hardiest Heliconias, very attractive with Banana type leathery leaves and red lobster claw bracts. The seed requires soaking for two or three days and sown in a well drained damp compost with a temperature of 30°C to 32°C. The seed may take a couple of months to germinate and the seedlings will need a temperature of 30°C by day, 20°C by night and good sunlight is essential to bring them on. Sow in late spring when our improving weather conditions will help. By mid summer the plants could be used outside in pots for tropical foliage effect. Latispatha is also one of the shorter varieties flowering at 6ft, but to flower in its second or third year you would need to keep the plant warm enough during winter to prevent the top growth dying back to the rhizomes.

Heliconia platystachys Sexy Orange

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Lobster Claw 10 seeds

Heliconia platystachys Sexy Orange is another classic hanging Heliconia grown in the tropics, with brilliant scarlet and yellow claws similar to Rostrata. A challenge to grow a plant large enough though especially as it can grow above 12ft tall! 

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Germination -- Easy Moderate and Challenging

Backlog for Fresh Seed Flavour

Hardiness - To -5°C җ To -10°C җҗ Fully Hardy җҗҗ

Needs Shady Position Sunny Position Water Loving