Ginger Plants – Heliconias, Ornamental or Tropical Ginger Plants
Ginger Plants – Heliconias or Tropical Ginger Plants are found in Indonesia, the Pacific Islands and Central American nations and are grown for the flowers as well as the foliage. And now they are a popular garden plant from the sunshine coast northwards, and as a cut flower, all over Australia
Heliconias are great garden specimens and are also much sought after by the florist industry as they are most suitable as cut flowers. Heliconias are a tropical plant so cool climate gardeners miss out on such beauties as Heliconia psittacorum, Heliconia rostrata, and the giant Heliconia caribaea.
Heliconias or ‘Ginger Plants’ (Ornamental Gingers) are really a tropical plant and require these conditions to thrive. Heleconias have leaves similar to those of the bannana or strelitzia. Helecionias are prized for their showy inflorescences which hold the true flowers. (see picture right)
The ginger family actually contains a wide range of plants including Ziniber, Hedichium, Curcuma and Alpinia
Heliconias or ‘Ginger Plant’ Profile, Care and Growing Notes
Heleconias may be grown in pots or in the ground, they do have a vigourous root system so consider using a root barrier when planting in the open if this is a concern. A deep moist humus rich soil is best. In the tropics plant heleconias just before the wet season commences for best results. Heleconias may die back in winter but will flower from summer through autumn. Best suited to Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and further North.
Popular Heliconias include
Heliconia psittacorum (Parrot’s Beak, or Parrot’s Flower)
Heliconia rostrata (Hanging lobster claw)
Heliconia caribaea (Giant heliconia)
Heliconia Schiedeana is perhaps one of the better species for cooler climates, it originally comes from lower mountain regions of South America. Perhaps not as spectacular as some of its relatives, but the red and yellow flowers which appear in early summer are long lasting. At the end of winter these wonders can be cut back hard, removing only the old flowering shoots from the previose season, but not the new ones, ready for a new spurt of growth. This one will still need a frost free position and no cold winds.
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442 Russells Road, Pine Mountain Ipswich QLD 4306 - phone: 07 54643976
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52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
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