One in twenty?

shear_stupidity(9B)May 8, 2013

I had a bunch of Heliconia that did great last year (bought from HD in Aug)... One slow-moving sprout so far this year in the whole clump...

Also, my Adonidia palms seem to be not-dying-but-not-growing...
Is this normal...for these plants to be so late?

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TheTradition(9b)

I don't think we really had a normal winter season... everything seems to be late for me.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 2:45PM
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shear_stupidity(9B)

Ok, well "good," I guess.
If ~your~ stuff is late, then I shouldn't panic.

It would really stink to lose the Heliconia...

And those Adonidias? Are they supposed to be doing ~nothing~ right now? I would think they'd be bursting forth with spring growth!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 4:13PM
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TheTradition(9b)

I wouldn't worry about the palm tree. If the growing shoot at the top of the crown is green, it's alive and growing.

Heliconias are tropical, so I wouldn't expect them to be happy until we have lows in the 70s and 99 percent relative humidity.

That also applies to your Christmas Palm.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 9:07AM
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shear_stupidity(9B)

Thanks!
I think my gardening impatience is the problem here. LOL!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 11:37AM
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Foreverlad(9b - Tampa Bay)

This was my first winter as a gardener. I know it was a fairly uneventful one, but trust me Shear, you're not alone. Going into Fall, I purchased some Scarlet Fever Ginger, a few markdown heliconia and other assorted 'tropicals' that either haven't risen yet, or are only JUST starting to peek through the soil.

I was worried I'd managed to kill most of them because they declined during the winter, despite fairly moderate temps. In my case, it seems their adaption period cost them a head start on the spring season.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 5:27PM
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shuffles_gw

Our heliconias didn't go dormant this winter. After six or seven years with no flowers, we had a big crop of rostratas last year. It looks like a good season coming up. These are planted under a huge crepe myrtle that gives them some frost protection.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 5:02PM
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shear_stupidity(9B)

Mine were under the Live Oak canopy, in a large planter. After they died back, I cut the dead stuff off and put them in the ground.
Maybe I screwed up.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 5:48PM
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TheTradition(9b)

It'll be fine, Bridget. She has a well-established plant, yours hasn't even been in the ground a whole year, yet.

Post some pictures in August. I'll bet they'll be looking great.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 6:15PM
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shear_stupidity(9B)

Thanks, Jack. I'll do that! :)

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 7:49PM
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