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Questions About Heliconia Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 19, 2015

Q. Over pruned roots

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.

Answered by
Heather on
June 20, 2015
Certified Expert
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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.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 2, 2017

Q. Heliconia plant problem

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??

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 2, 2017
Certified Expert
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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.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lobster-claw-plant/heliconia-growing-conditions.htm

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Asked by
Bailey Wilkerson on
February 9, 2017
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Q. False birds

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…

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 10, 2017
Certified Expert
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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.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/lobster-claw-plant/heliconia-growing-conditions.htm

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Asked by
swansonlisa1 on
November 19, 2018
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Q. Can any one identify this plant?

Nonflowering, found in yard.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 19, 2018
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Answered by
swansonlisa1 on
November 20, 2018
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Thank you.

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