Also named "Crab clip" bright red and yellow flowers. Bag of 5 seeds.
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Heliconia Latispatha red and yellow is perfect for growing pot, since it retains a relatively small, reaching about 1.2 metres high. It can be grown as a house or greenhouse plant. This small variétée produced from 4 to 7 bracts, called "claws of crab", a bright red and yellow.
The bracts are straight and are produced above the leaves, they can reach 1.20 metres high. This plant is also remarkable for its semblablent those of banana leaves.
The leaves are large and have a Brown band under the sheet and along its perimeter.
The bracts of the Heliconias are so broad and colorful, that they almost completely hide the flowers, which are small and develop within the bracts. Flowering occurs from May to August.
Hardiness zone : -5 ° mini C in winter. Heliconia latispatha is rather tolerant to cold. It can survive in conditions of full sun or partially sunny. The soil must be rich, containing rootlike foam. This plant requires lots of water, water heavily during growth and in the winter months moderately. Keep the soil moist, not soggy.
Germination : scariy the seeds. Then, soak the seeds in water for 4 days. Change the water every 12 hours. Plant to 2 cm deep in a light, moist, well drained soil. Compact the soil. Keep the surface of the ground above 20 ° C to promote germination. The Heliconia can take several months before germination.
Scarification : seed envelope can be so robust that it is almost impermeable. They need to be scratched or broken, using a knife or sanded to germinate paper. Skinning seed the length envelope will also help the young shoot out.