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Heliconia / Dwarf, Lady Di
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Heliconia / Dwarf, Lady Di

Latin Name:

Heliconia psittacorum ‘Lady Di’

Plant Type:

Perennial

Description:

Dark red bracts and yellow flowers in a plant reaching two and a half to five feet (75-150cm).

Origin:

Brazil

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

GI

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Will grow for anybody

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

High humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks while in growth with a water soluble fertilizer.

Plant Pests:

Prone to none Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Division and seeds in the late spring. It is best to propagate seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while. After dividing, plant in the plant’s regular potting mix.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist occasionally with warm water in the summer months. This plant does flower, but only if it likes its home! Place pebbles or gravel in the drainage dish to hold water and increase the humidity, make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water. Repot in the spring.

Is Genus:

No

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