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How to grow Heliconia

Did you know - That heliconias are related to bananas?  

Sourced from the shady lush forests of Central and South America, there are now over 200 recognised species of Heliconia and many more cultivars.  Spectacular tropical plants, they vary considerably in their habit and flowers.  Some grow upright, others hang like a pendant. The majority of Heliconia flaunt bold and extravagant shades of reds and yellows, with luscious green foliage. They grow from an underground system of roots known as ‘rhizomes’. These rhizomes can be used to grow more Heliconia, providing they are well looked after. The size a Heliconia will grow depends on the species and ranges from around 60cm - 5 metres!

How should I look after my Heliconia? 

Heliconias as a species grow in a wide variety of habitats worldwide including cool altitudes to warm humid tropical forest.  Looking after them is pretty straightforward. They love humid and warm climates – the heat does wonders for their growth!   They prefer temperatures over 20 degrees, although there are some varieties that will perform well in cooler areas, as far down the coast as Sydney.  Feed and water them regularly, but do not let them get waterlogged, as this puts their roots at risk of damage.

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The Lipstick Palm (Cyrtostachys renda)

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The Lipstick palm (or Red Sealing Wax Palm) is a stunning feather palm with a brilliantly, almost unbelievably vivid red trunk & crown shaft, found in lowland coastal swamps in SE Asia.

The Lipstick Palm is a medium sized, clumping palm which grows to around 6m tall. It is one of the most spectacular and colourful tropical palms and is in high demand as garden and landscaping plant.

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Black Sapote-Gardening for Chocaholics

 

Black Sapote - Chocolate Pudding Fruit 

If you’re a chocolate fan (and let’s face it-who isn’t?) then you will want to hear about the Black Sapote, or Chocolate Pudding Fruit. As the name suggests, this is an extraordinary plant whose fruits produce a healthier version of that universal favourite, chocolate pudding. Alright, so it won’t be exactly the same and nor does it come in a handy little pot-but the taste and texture are unique and delicious!

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It's Raining... Plants! Why rainwater is better for your garden.

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 All plants need water to survive-it’s as simple as that. If you don’t water your plants they will surely die, and of course any type of water is better than none at all-but did you know that some water is better than others? Rainwater is water in its purest and most natural form, and as such surely it makes sense that it is the best thing to water your plants with. I mean, it’s been doing a pretty good job for millions of years, right?

Rainwater vs Tap Water

Rainwater falls straight from the sky, and although there are some arguments that suggest that the problem of acid rain may cause damage to plants, there is little doubt that it is a cleaner, safer and more natural way to water your plants. Tap water is treated with chemicals to make it safe for human consumption, and these chemicals are not necessarily good for our plants.

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Cultivating Plants from the Exotic Rainforest Ecosystems of Australia

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The plant species found in the Australian rainforest manifest the rich diversity of plant life in the continent. For starters, more than 2,500 species have been recorded including a huge number of endemic species found only in Australia. It’s quite hard to keep track of all the species because every year, they find a new one and have to find a name for it. Many plants that are cultivated by hobbyists come from Australia’s tropical rainforests. Cultivating exotic plants can be a rewarding hobby. 

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Tropical Plants; Protecting tropical plants from frost – frost proof you tropical garden

We gardeners never like to take the easy way, which is why tropical plants are very popular in non-tropical areas of Australia. Although it’s certainly easier to grow plants which naturally occur in your region, it is possible to grow beautiful, lush tropical plants in frost prone areas, and create a gorgeous tropical paradise, or Bali style garden. There are many ways to protect your precious tropical plants from frost. Outlined below are some methods to frost proof your garden.

1. One of the easiest ways to protect your tropical plants from frost and cold is to grow them in pots. Pots are easily moved to a different position, and can be placed inside the house during winter, and placed in a warm position during summer.

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Tropical plants; Growing tropical plants in areas prone to frost

It is a fact of life that most people want something different, not just in the way of their looks, but in the way of their garden. No one wants to have the same plants as the neighbours, and wants their garden to stand out from the crowd. This does however often mean growing plants which do not grow easily in your climate. People in the tropics often wish to grow cottage plants in a cottage or formal style garden, whereas people in temperate and cool climates love growing tropical plants in a tropical, or Bali style garden.

Your aim is to provide a climate as close to the tropical plant’s natural climate, that is, the climate it originates from. Many plants come from places close to the equator for example, where the weather is always warm, and very humid. There are many things you can do to produce an artificial climate for the plants you want to grow. These frost protection methods range from very simple, temporary solutions, to permanent structures such as shade houses. The purpose of all the available frost protection methods listed below is to stimulate the natural needs of each plant so they grow well regardless of their position.

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Tropical plants; Cold and frost hardy tropical plants

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We get many inquiries regarding growing tropical plants in gardens which are prone to frost. It certainly is possible to grow tropical plants, or tropical-looking plants, in frost prone areas, as proven by many stunning tropical gardens.

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