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Heliconia is one that resembles most to the birds-of-paradise. It is an exotic, which blooms abundantly all year long. It has long pointed leaves that shiny green with a red edge. The leaves look similar to that of a banana. It is an exotic, which blooms abundantly all year. It is used as Bedding Plant, Container Plant, Cut flower Plant, Feature Plant, Ground cover Plant, and Mixed Border Plant. It is very beautiful as a potted plant on the patio in a decorative container.
Care for Heliconia Psittacorum Golden Torch
The plant requires a high humidity area. It can be grown well next to a water body.
Add topsoil or organic peat humus to the hole when you plant. You might also add in composted cow manure to enrich the soil around the plant’s rootball.
Dead leaves and old stems that have finished flowering should be removed to encourage more flowering.
In spring cut back to the ground any cold damaged stalks.
This plant loves to be fed. Fertilize 3 times a year with a top-quality granular fertilizer. Supplement feedings with regular applications of liquid fertilizer during warm months for heavier bloom. Regular irrigation is a must.
This plant needs water and it needs it often (2 to 3 times a week in summer), though it doesn’t do well in a boggy area.