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Heliconia Latispatha Distans Seeds (Golden Lobster Claw Heliconia Seeds)

Heliconia Latispatha Distans Seeds (Golden Lobster Claw Heliconia Seeds)
Very attractive with broad Banana type leathery leaves. The foliage has a maroon stripe down the underside and along the edge.
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10 Heliconia Latispatha Distans Seeds (Golden Lobster Claw Heliconia Seeds)
US$1.50
100 Heliconia Latispatha Distans Seeds (Golden Lobster Claw Heliconia Seeds)
US$6.00
500 Heliconia Latispatha Distans Seeds (Golden Lobster Claw Heliconia Seeds)
US$25.00
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SKU Graines Heliconia Latispatha Distans
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Heliconia latispatha distans originates in Central America. This is the one for a pot, as it does not grow too tall. It is a small Heliconia, reaching about 3-4 feet in height. Can be grown as houseplant or greenhouse specimen. This short variety produces 4 to 7 colorful upright bracts "lobster claw". It has spiral red bracts fading into a yellow base, which fades into a green rachis. The inflorescenes are upright and are usually produced above the leaves and grow about 12 to 20" high. The flowers are yellow with a green tip. Very attractive with broad Banana type leathery leaves. The foliage has a maroon stripe down the underside and along the edge. The Heliconia's bracts are so large and colorful that they almost hide the flowers altogether, which are tiny and are found inside these bracts. Will bloom in a pot. But to flower in its second or third year you would need to keep the plant warm enough during Winter to prevent the top growth dying back to the rhizomes. The plant would regenerate itself the next Spring, because the tuber would have survived. Blooms from May through August. If in reasonable conditions, it blooms all year. Hardiness zones 9-11, (5øC/40øF,-5øC/25øF) in Winter. Heliconia latispatha seems to be rather tolerant to cool weather and grow well in Subtropical conditions and has some cold tolerance. In general, Heliconias are evergreen in the tropics and warm subtropics, like zone 10. Further north, upper zone 9 and lower zone 8, they may be frozen back to the ground each Winter but survive to resprout the next year. Recommended temperature 25øC. Provide warmth and high humidity. Can take full sun and semi shade. Needs rich soil containing peat moss, organic matter and coarse sand, and regular fertilizer. Use palm tree fertilizer and plant in well drained soil. It is really thirsty, water freely during growing months and moderately in Winter. Keep soil evenly moist, but do not overwater making the soil too soggy.
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Common name Golden Lobster Claw
Species Heliconia latispatha
Cultivar Distans
Germination First, scarify the seeds. Then, soak the seeds in water for at least 4 days. Change the water every 12 hours. Plant no more than 3/4 inch deep in loose, moist, and well-drained soil. Sterilized soil mix especially formulated for germinating seeds is best. Pat the soil down firmly so that seed would be about 3/4 to 1/2 inch below the surface.

Keep the soil above 75øF to allow germination to occur, do not rely on the temperature of the air. The use of a 40 or 60 watt light bulb under the germinating flats is one method of keeping the soil warm. The use of clear plastic over the germinating containers will help keep moisture from evaporating. It is important to have patience, Heliconias may take several months to germinate.
Scarification / Stratification Seed coats may be so hard that they are impermeable to water. They need to be scratched or broken using a knife or sandpaper, in order to germinate. Chip the seeds with a sharp knife or make a few swipes with a sharp edged file or use sandpaper to allow moisture being more readily absorbed.
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