Ensure that water is sprinkled at least once every day, until the seeds or stem start sprouting. The frequency of watering can be reduced to once in 2 days after the plant reaches a mature stage. Most importantly, make sure that you water the leaves of heliconias as well, since this will enhance propagation. The dry leaves of the Heliconias can be used as bio fertilizer for the plant. In addition to this, the heliconias leaves help to maintain the moisture that is required for the plant. Cow dung and dry leaves are the best organic manure for the plant.
Let’s take a look at the factors that must be taken care of while using chemical fertilizers. It is highly recommended to use 15:15:20 nitrogen fertilizer for these plant varieties. Excessive use of this fertilizer will however result in the plants having more leaves and less flowers. After flowering the stem must be, leaving behind a 6 inch stub. This further enhances the flowering and plant growth. The heliconia must be watered before cutting flowers. This will enable the flowers to remain fresh and alive for long periods of time. Heliconia is should not be planted in open areas as strong wind can damage the stem of the plant. Mexican lilac is planted around heliconia in order to protect the plant from strong gusts.
Heliconias can flower in all seasons except monsoon. Varieties such as the Fire Bird and Irish Bonacci have stems that grow beautifully in a bunch. These varieties reproduce continuously. But varieties such as the Caribaea heliconia and Prince of Darkness don’t usually adopt these reproduction techniques. Varieties such as the Orchot Rica and Wagneria don’t usually show any signs of growth during the months of October and November. So water and fertilizer can be provided in lesser quantity during this period. Heliconias are very easy to grow if you follow the steps mentioned above.