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THE HELICONIA GUY

DON AND KIRST ROGERS

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WINTER CLOSURE DATES

THE HELICONIA GUY WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FROM MONDAY 17TH JUNE 2024 UNTIL SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST 2024 INCLUSIVE

Winter is not an ideal time to plant Heliconias, and so we will be closed for sales through the cooler months and will reopen for all your Heliconia needs on Monday 5th August 2024.

Any enquires can be sent via email and we will respond to you as soon as we are back in full operation.

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THE HELICONIA GUY

FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED HELICONIA FARM AND NURSERY

The Heliconia Guy is a family business located in Wamuran Queensland. We specialise in the production and supply of Heliconias in pots, as cut flowers and as rhizomes. All our stock is grown onsite from our own rhizomes and then sun hardened before sale. We sell both direct to the public and wholesale (rhizomes retail only). We can also post rhizomes directly from our farm to your home (except NT, WA, TAS). 

We are currently only taking orders through direct means, please contact us via mobile 0418 666 310 or email theheliconiaguy@gmail.com for all your purchase enquiries.

Visits to our nursery are by appointment only, please contact us to arrange your visit time.

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POTTED HELICONIA NURSERY


Instant tropical garden

Quality potted Heliconia plants, grown from our own rhizome stock. Available for sale to landscapers, nurseries and direct to the public. Pick up is from our Wamuran site, or delivery options available within Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast regions.(interstate delivery can be arranged for wholesale purchase) Over 30 varieties currently available. Potted Heliconias are on sale all year round, best planting times are August to May.

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CUT FLOWER HELICONIAS

Natures masterpiece

We currently have over 20 varieties of Heliconias producing flowers that we sell direct to the public (pick up only) or to local florists (delivery available Moreton Bay, Brisbane areas and surrounds). Sold in bunches of 5 stems these long lasting, amazingly striking blooms are magnificent on their own as a statement piece, or as a structural element as part of a mixed arrangement. Cut flower Heliconias are available late December through to mid May.

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RHIZOMES  

Heliconia propagation

Rhizomes are a cost effective method to establish your own Heliconia garden paradise, especially if you are working with a large area. We sell these direct to the public, bare-rooted (free from soil). Pick up is from our Wamuran site, or we can post directly to your door (exc. NT, WA, TAS). If you are an impatient gardener it is best to opt for our potted plant options as it can take 6-12 months for rhizomes to establish. Rhizomes are sold September through to mid March. Limited quantities available (retail only). All rhizome sales come with an introductory growing guide.

RHIZOMES SALES ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE COOLER MONTHS.THESE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AGAIN FROM SEPT 2024

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HELICONIA GENERAL CARE INFORMATION

All advise is general in nature to Heliconias, your location and the variety of the Heliconia you planted needs to be considered when following this care information.

SOILS AND FERTILIZING

Heliconias are tolerant of a wide range of soil types, however they perform best in rich organic soils that are free-draining. Composted materials, premium organic soil mix, enriched blended soil are best. Heliconias prefer a PH level of 6-6.5.
Regular fertilizing in the warmer months (Oct-May) is highly beneficial. Using products like blood and bone, organic link or dynamic lifter at the base of the plants is great. Or using  liquid fertilizers direct onto the leaves (preferred method), with products like Seasol, Powerfeed or Nitrosol, will encourage greener foliage and flower production.

MULCHING AND WATERING

Mulching helps maintain consistent soil temperature, retain water and impede weed growth. Light mulches such as hay, lucerne and cane are ideal.
New plants need to be watered 2-3 times per week (adjust if there has been rain). Only water as required as Heliconias do not like to have wet roots. As a general guide during summer months water 2-3 times per week, in winter back the water right off to once a fortnight or none at all if there's rain. COLD + WET conditions together can adversely affect Heliconias so do not overwater.

PRUNING

Each Heliconia stem will only produce one flower, you can leave this on the plant until it withers and then cut off about 10-15cm from the base, or you can cut when the flower opens to use in a vase (lasts7-21 days in a vase). Cutting the stem back like this will promote new growth and flower production. Heliconias benefit from the removal of dried, withered or damged stems and leaves. Any significant pruning/division should be done in spring and avoided totally during the cold months.

COLD/WIND DAMAGE

During the winter months the leaves can yellow slightly or get leaf spots (rust), especially if the overnight temperatures in your region get very low. Turn off the water. Think about planting your Heliconias somewhere where they will receive direct winter sun. Prepare the plants for winter by spraying with Neem oil or similar in late autumn to prevent fungus/rust, and top up mulch. If the leaves do yellow during winter it is best to leave until spring (consistent warmer days) and then prune back the affected leaves/stems as required, they will reshoot quickly.
With large leaves the Heliconias can tear in strong winds. You can consider planting in a protected spot out of direct winds or chose more robust varieties that withstand higher wind conditions.

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CONTACT

Wamuran QLD 4512, Australia 
(VISITS TO THE NURSERY ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, PLEASE CONTACT US TO BOOK A VISIT TIME THANKS)

0418 666 310

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