Add top soil or organic peat humus to the hole when you plant. You might also add in composted cow manure to enrich the soil around the plant's rootball. Trimming isn't necessary, though you'll want to keep the area edged to keep these plants from wandering into the lawn. In spring (late March or early April) cut back to the ground any cold damaged stalks. After a number of years, you may need to thin out an overgrown bed. Do this by removing older plants to give young ones a chance to grow and fill in the space.
- Light Needs: Partial Shade
- Watering Needs: Watering is needed when there is a lack of rainfall, especially during drought conditions.
Beautiful heliconia with its exotic flowers gives a South Florida landscape the lush look of the tropics. The unusual blossoms are similar to bird of paradise - and at first glance orange varieties of this plant are often mistaken for orange bird. Flowers colors range from orange to red to yellow, and the blooms appear in warm months of the year. These plants are not necessarily a good choice for every yard. They will spread 3 feet or more and need an area where they're allowed to do so, rather than being expected to stay put as a single accent in a mixed and varied bed.