14.6.10

Heliconia Hallelujah

I'm amazed by how fast our Heliconias are recovering from the longest cold-weather event in memory. Blooming right now is H. champneiana and H. rostrata, and I have hopes for the smaller-statured ones to come along soon. I'd never have guessed 4 months ago that the plants would look so good....

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  1. I actually have a question, not about heliconias. I purchased a mint plant and brought it home. The next morning there were little black seed (or they looked like seeds, poppyseeds). Is this a bug...they didn't seem to be alive.

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  2. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog! I look forward to reading yours as I am always looking for ways to improve my yard and learn about plants.

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  3. Budmic- I suspect something is chewing on your plant, and leaving some calling cards behind as evidence. Try spraying the whole plant with Ivory soap, @ 1 Tb. / quart, and soak the soil too. Keep the plant really moist and in bright light; it should recover fine.

    Good luck and enjoy the plant !

    Craig Morell

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  4. Hello Craig,
    did you have luck with Heliconia Wagneriana? Mine is not growing back, any hope?
    Thanks

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  5. Urszula, I don't have H. wagneriana, but I've heard that other people lost their plants. We lost one of our wagneriana cultivars called 'Flash', as well as severe damage on many of the pink-flowered types. Fortunately, there are good vendors available, and the rhizomes turn up at plant sales every year. Good luck,

    Craig Morell
    Pinecrest Gardens

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