Keeping Tropical Plants Happy for Winter
Author: Ann Date Posted:30 May 2016
Please make sure you can keep your plants warm enough over winter if you are ordering now.
We are happy to fill orders now but please make sure that you keep your plants warm for winter. In areas like Victoria, New South Wales and Sout Australia spring is the best time to order plants. Otherwise, you can keep them in a bright light area with a constant temperature that is over 15 degrees.
Wind protection in first yearBy: Grant Stuart on 9 August 2016Hi Ann - have bought quite a bit from El Arish in last 5 years. Have lost some November planted Heliconias due to wind damage in July. Even though we are sheltered by a escarpment to the west of us we do get cold westerly winds that drop down over the escarpment that give us 30-45 days of windier night time conditions. Have a variety of 2-5 year old Heliconias that overwinter OK but I think for the first year they probably need a hessian barrier around the sides to make it through winter OK. Decline was not through low or high soil moisture - more mechanical damage from wind on young foliage. Will try this next year and also buy early-mid October just to get another 3-4 weeks of establishment. I am in the Northern Illawarra (65km South of Sydney) where the min temp is 7 degrees