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One in twenty?

Posted by shear_stupidity 9B (My Page) on
Wed, May 8, 13 at 1:46

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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RE: One in twenty?

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


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RE: One in twenty?

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!


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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.


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RE: One in twenty?

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


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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


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