Does anyone grow Heliconia fernandezii 'Peach Fuzz'?

EvenieJuly 17, 2014

Does anyone grow this cultivar? Plant-Group description says it is a high-altitude plant, but doesn't indicate it's hardiness. Does it need a cooler summer? Does it rot easily? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Evenie

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

I grew it for 2 years in a container. It's a very large heliconia. I never got it to bloom. It died during the winter of the second year in a heated greenhouse. I have a friend growing it in Los Angeles. He's had it 5 years and it has never bloomed. The largest, oldest stalks seem to stall in winter and by spring, they are dead he says. If you're looking to grow heliconia in New Orleans, Scheideana, Rostrata, Pedro Ortiz, Tortuosa, Nutans are some of the cold hardy ones that would probably make it in a protected spot in the ground where you live.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 4:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Evenie

Great thanks! I don't mind the heliconia getting knocked back every couple of years when we have freezes, but they need to be robust enough to actually come back and bloom in the years when there was no freeze.
I have what is supposedly the yellow variant of rostrata that I brought back from the northshore and it was 100% reliable there, but it never bloomed. It hates the lake wind here and dies back severely after a wind storm in the winter, even if it stays above 40. I moved it to a very protected spot, and if this winter turns out to be as warm as they say it will be, it will be that plant's last chance. I may put it up for adoption next spring.
I have a Maya Blood rhizome that is rooting up a storm but hasn't pushed any green yet. If rostrata gets the shovel, I may replace it with Pedro Ortiz.
Perhaps if I tell it I am going to shovel it, it will get its act together. It worked for the peach tree, the lime tree and a few roses that were misbehaving. =)

Evenie

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 10:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Maya Blood won't make it. I tried that one too. In fact, at one time, I grew over 30 heliconia; all in containers overwintered in my greenhouse. I down to 5 now. I'm surprised your Rostrata won't make it in NO. I know several people in the Garden District that grow it successfully in protected spots. There would be no chance to grow any heliconia on the Northshore. That's a much colder area. Maybe even a zone colder.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 8:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Evenie

Ahh, the garden district is right on the river and far away from the awful lake wind. I used know a few people in the Marigny who had them as well, but all the cool stuff grows there.
The ones in the greenhouse, did they stay in pots all the time, or did you plant them in the ground and dig them back up in the fall?

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 12:43AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

I grew them in pots. I used the greenhouse to overwinter. It was too much trouble to plant them in the spring and then dig them up in the winter.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 11:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Evenie

Great, thanks for the info. I intend to leave Maya Blood in the ground and cover it if the weather gets nasty, but I can easily dig up a rhizome to bring in the house for the winter in the fall in case of failure. I find my rhizome plants are much happier if they can spend at least part of the year in the ground. I have very few things that aren't reliable, so it shouldn't be too much work. I just need to be careful to not be a glutton quit buying while I'm ahead.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 9:09AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Heliconia rhizomes don't store well over the winter. They have no seasonal dormant period in their natural environment. If you dig up a heliconia, you will have to continue to care for it so you should plan to dig up the rhizome and plant, pot it up, and continue to care for it providing some sun, warmth, and water. Otherwise, it will wilt away.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 1:12PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Evenie

Oh definitely. I have a rather large living room with panoramic southern and western exposure windows, and I am myself a plant, so I run a really big humidifier all winter long. The the gingers and whatnot I already bring in do very well.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 2:50PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
moving a giant giant BOP
I'd like to move a well established giant bird of paradise...
Bettina Hooper
Pre made soil mixes for indoor tropical plants
What are the best soils that are pre bagged? Currently...
gribbleton
Anyone have cuttings/plants they need to get rid of?
I am looking to start a tropical garden and was wondering,...
mizzalic
Papaya: Sex of Flowers or Tree?
I have a 1 yr. old papaya tree now in bloom. I have...
meilie
Making roots larger on Ficus 'Ginseng'
Hi! This is my first post ever on the forums! I recently...
Kottepalm
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™