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Collapsed heliconia clump

Posted by ianbrazil 11 (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 12, 13 at 19:23

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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RE: Collapsed heliconia clump

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

RE: Collapsed heliconia clump

Still green. The third-or-so that are still standing look perfectly healthy and there is new growth at the base.

RE: Collapsed heliconia clump

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.

RE: Collapsed heliconia clump

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

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