Let's avoid exposing apartment plants to direct sunlight, which could damage the leaves, especially during the hottest months of the year. We should prefer a bright position, but with filtered light. Locate this plant in a partially shady place, where it can receive the sunrays during the coolest hours of the day.The Heliconia rostrata needs a minimum temperature superior to 15įC, during this time of the year it is best to check the night temperatures before setting it outside.
Fertilization Heliconia rostrata
In the spring letís use a fertilizer every 15-20 days, melting it in the water which we use to irrigate; we can choose a fertilizer for flowering plants or green plants, rich with nitrogen and potassium to favour a balanced development of the new vegetation. Otherwise we can, if we want to, use a slow release fertilizer, to add to the soil, every 3-4 months.
Generalities Heliconia rostrata
Growing they develop a round-shape shrub. The Heliconia rostrata develops like a shrub. This plant in the winter assumes a orangeyellowredpink colouring; it is medium in size and can reach 1,1 m high. It keeps its leaves in the winter.
Watering Heliconia rostrata
We suggest watering pretty often and regularly, with 2-3 glasses of water ; we should always wait for the soil to be clearly dry between one watering and the other. During this time of year usually it is necessary to irrigate every 1-2 weeks . To avoid that a scarce drainage could favour the development of fungal diseases, let's remember to avoid leaving water in the saucer.
Treatments Heliconia rostrata
The spring weather, with a high temperature swing between the day and night hours, and pretty frequent rains, can favour the development of fungus diseases, which should be treated pre-emptively with a systemic fungicide, to use before the gems grow excessively; at the end of the winter we also suggest a wide range insecticide to prevent the attack of aphids and cochineals. We should always remember to do these treatments when there aren't flowerings in the garden.
Soil Heliconia rostrata
These plants need to be grown in a soil which isnít too drained. Every 2-3 years we should change the soil and place the plant in a larger container.
Notes - Heliconia rostrata
Seeing the quite contained development itís possible to grow these plants in a container. The indications given in this article are related to a medium size plant.