Commonly called birds that were fake or lobster claws -of-paradise, the Heliconias don’t develop outside year round except in places like Hawaii. Hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 1-0, lobster claws experience injury if exposed to temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore develop them in large containers indoors or in greenhouses. This short lived flowers for three to four years and perennial grows. Lobster claws grow from rhizomes planted in rich soil that is organically.
Drill holes in the underside of a heavy duty big container using an electric drill. Space the holes similarly across the underside. Cut of screen mesh materials with scissors a little bit the dimensions of the container bottom. Place the mesh in the plant pot to stop the soil.
Mix together equal parts of potting soil, woodchip mulch and peat moss to get a fast draining soil mixture that can hold the correct amount of water for the lobster-claw plantâs roots. Fill the plant pot together with the soil mixture up to 1-inch in the rim.
Dig a hole 1 to 3″ deep, with respect to the dimensions of the rhizome. Place the rhizome in the hole using the most apparent developing factors. Level them downward whether there are roots. Don’t worry excessively about planting the rhizome upside down, as it’ll just have a little longer to produce it to the area.
Water the soil drains out the underside of the container. Place the plant pot – catch and place in a area with indirect light. Growth starts in two to eight months. While the rhizome is developing, keep the soil moist.
Feed the lobster-claw with well-balanced water soluble fertilizer when the plant is approximately a month-old. Feed every 8 weeks after the fertilizer manufacturerâs instructions