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Heliconia chartacea (Sexy Pink)

The inflorescence of this species from northeastern South America has the most unreal pink colored bracts with a light green lip, held on a bright red stalk and all frosted with a pale, waxy layer. It is a moderate to large sized species that reaches between 1.8 and 5 m (6 and 16 ft.) tall.

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... are of excellent ornamental value
In Sabana Grande in Puerto Rico they need average care and grow normal.
I grow a lot of heliconias and they are easy to cultivate.The seeds just fall to the ground or are dispersed by bats and if they get enough humidity and light they will sprout there.I have almost all of those you have in your list and many more including hybrids not named yet If you want to germinate the seeds by yourself you just put them in a good, humid soil, with enough light and let Nature do its job.Same for palms and other plants.I must make clear that i live in tropical conditions (Puerto Rico) and that plants can be reproduced as easy as i have described.I have two types of soil in my farm,clay and sand,and heliconias grow their best in the first one.Besides,i have an irrigation system for the dry season that here goes from December to April.I have heliconias planted with other type of plants(fruit trees,philodendrums,anthuriums,orchids,etc.)because i want to feel as if i am in a kind of a Garden of Eden(a river,snakes,lizards and all those things included except Eva).Well,Hasta luego.
Submitted on 08/12/2005 by Noel Rivera noelrivera7@hotmail.com

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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