With the false bird of paradise, how quickly does it spread and how much? I have an area approximately 3 feet in depth and need some height and color and would like to plant the false bird of paradise but cannot accommodate too much spreading.
Heliconias need plenty of space to spread out as they grow and spread from rhizomes. Your space you mention may not be adequate to accommodate this plant.
Here is a link to an article about heliconia.
I am new to gardening and over-pruned the roots on a new plant I bought from a nursery in Hawaii during the process of potting that plants into a larger container. I meant to just prune it a little bit so that it would be able to get nutrients from the newer soil but the plant is not doing well at all. The plant is a Heliconia. It arrived about 3 feet tall with about 2/3 of the leaves intact. After my too aggressive handling and pruning of the roots, the plant's leaves are drying out and turning yellow. Does this mean that it is now not getting the nutrients and water from the root system? What should I do? Thanks for any help, I feel quite bad about what happened to that poor plant, I swear to be more careful in the future. Thanks for any assistance you can provide.
Unfortunately, about the only thing you can do is give it plenty of water and perhaps even some fertilizer while it recovers from the heavy root pruning.
I live near Orlando, FL and many neighbors grow Heliconia. I planted 4 in my waterfall garden; the area is somewhat protected from the elements. We had a couple of bouts of cold weather, with temperatures close to freezing - but not. Now the leaves are curled and dull, and the flower buds never bloomed. What should I do??
There are several varieties of Heliconia that can withstand brief temperatures as low as 40 degrees F.
It does appear to be some cold damage to your plants.
You will need to wait and see.
I would make sure to cover the plants with a cloth if the temperatures dip down again.
Here is a link that will help refresh you with care information.
My false birds suddenly turned brown. Should I just pull them and start over? I cut all the brown in hopes it would come back. So far nothing...
The article below is a good review of the care of Heliconia plants.
This could be nutrition, pests or disease.
Check the soil conditions and a soil test may be needed to help determine nutrient needs.
While holidaying in Thailand I saw plants in the garden that resembled bird of paradise but had six flowers at the end of stem instead of one that opens up. Can u please tell me the name of this plant and whether it grows in Australia?
This is a beautiful Heliconia plant.
As long as temperatures do not go below 40 degrees F, you could grow this tropical. They can be moved indoors during cold weather.
Nonflowering, found in yard.
I believe this is a Heliconia.
I have a heliconia in a fairly large pot which is very healthy but is not flowering. Any suggestions?
You don't say how old it is but it takes two years to bloom. It also needs slightly acidic soil in full to part sun. Mimicking a tropical rain forest can help - warm, humid conditions with mmoist, fertile soil. And very little pruning. When all its cultural needs are met, it should bloom.