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Heliconia Psittacorum is a flowering plant popular for its exotic flowers which resembles the bird of paradise. They are native to the Caribbean and belongs to the family of Heliconiaceae.
Heliconia Psittacorum is also known as Heliconia lady Diana it looks similar to the birds of paradise.These are a small shrub tropical plant. They belong to the family of Heliconiaceae. The flowers are striking and beautiful. They have a sharp and pointy foliage with shiny texture.The plant can be potted in your backyard or in your patio. This plant is mostly used in ornamentation.
It is a handy growing and a moderate maintenance plant. They can be propagated via tubers, dividing rhizomes or bulbs.
The average height of the plant is around 1.5m. The plant has a width of 1.5 cm to 3.7 cm.
If it is budding plant then 4 to 5 hours of direct sunlight could be provided to the plant. Place the plant is such a location where it receives ample of sunlight but not overexposed.
Don't over water the Heliconia as it would cause root rot. In case the plant receives low light then let the soil dry out completely before watering the plant and if the Heliconia is planted under bright light then let the 3/4 of potting mix dry out completely before watering. 3 to 5 cups of water would be sufficient.
A well draining granular textured soil would also work for the plant. Heliconia can tolerate salinity and grow very fast. The plant requires acidic soil to grow.
The flowers are red crimson in color and bloom throughout the year. The leaves look similar to that of a banana. It is an exotic flower, which blooms abundantly all year long. The flowers also make good cut flowers. Very beautiful as a potted plant on the patio in a decorative container.
You can feed the plant with any organic peat or cow manure to enrich the roots of the soil. Fertilize the plant around 3 to 4times in a year with liquid or granular fertilizers. As it is a flowering plant, the plant has higher needs.
The plant is grown mostly for the ornamental purpose.
Prune the plant occasionally to prevent fungal infections around the roots. Remove the dead leaves and small plants that have finished flowering to promote more flowering. Heliconia is mostly subjected to bacterial infections which can be removed by using appropriate pesticides.