Collapsed heliconia clump

ianbrazil(11)July 12, 2013

I have a large clump of tall Heliconias (about 10 feet or 3m high). Unfortunately a large number of them have collapsed and are now leaning against other trees and shrubs or on the ground. Is it worth trying to tie them up or should I just cut them off and wait for new growth?

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Are they withered, or still green? Do you have a photo?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 11:55PM
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Still green. The third-or-so that are still standing look perfectly healthy and there is new growth at the base.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 1:19PM
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I think a lot of the taller heliconias grow naturally in sheltered (windless) situations. In gardens they often end up more exposed so more prone to falling over. My tallest are 2 to 2.5 metre rostratas which seem to get by even though they're still fairly exposed to wind. But they do have some small trees/shrubs around them which helps.

With yours, it would be a personal, value decision. The green stems would still be feeding the rhizomes, so they have a lot of value for the plants. For people it's a matter of aesthetics, if it looks "untidy" they get rid of it. I tend to side with the plants, so my approach would be to tie them up and only cut them out when they become useless to the plants.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 9:49PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

i have the same problem particularly with the large flowered verticals most notable is rostata . I planted some among a clumping white bird of paradise which supports them but sure becomes a tangled mess lol. In Costa Rica
they used a wire tunnel and the flowers hung down on the inside. Worked beautifully but requires a rather large tunnel. Only other choice seems to be staking?? gary

    Bookmark   July 14, 2013 at 3:11AM
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