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Heloconia rhizome

Posted by becc352 none (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 26, 13 at 16:35

My partner, Jeff, bought me a heliconia from Puerto Rico. It arrived on January 21. It was the root ball and 5 inch stem. I potted it in a pot with a mixture of potting soil, perlite and peat moss. It is in the house under a grow lamp for 10 hours per day. Can anyone tell me what it should start looking like? I looks like the stem is getting brown on one side and kind of crispy on top. Is this natural? Maybe this stem dies and something will grow out of the middle?

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RE: Heloconia rhizome

I am new to growing Heloconia plants
But I would say be most careful of not to much watering. Even let it be on the dry side

I am a Canadian but have a home for winters in Florida

I looked atyour note as this past weekend I was out for a Sunday drive and found a patch of Heloconia growing wild in a vacant lot

Had my trusty shovel along with me and dug some up
Then read about the plants when I got back home

THey look like ginger roots, the ones I have. And very strong and hardy
Have planted them right into my garden here. But is totally different than in a pot and under grow lamps Gee I sure hope your plant does well coming from Puerto Rice even.

Lucky you.

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