Heliconia bihai ‘Lobster Claw Two’
Scientific name: Heliconia bihai ‘Lobster Claw Two’
Distribution: Central and South America
Flowers (inflorescence): 7 to 13 bracts pinkish at base, red-orange over most of bract (paler on lower cheek), green on distal lip, keel (of lower bracts), and tip, thin yellow stripe under most of green lip; pink rachis, sepals green distally and white below; white ovary and pedicel; flowering all year
Foliage: Musoid with red stem
Mature height: 2.4 – 4.2 m (8-14 feet)
Soil: rich organic and well drained without standing water
Light: full sun to 30% shade
Watering: love water, but let them dry a bit between waterings
Hardiness: not lower than 5°C (40°F)
Heliconia bihai ‘Lobster Claw Two’ is a tropical plant renowned for its vibrant and showy inflorescence. This heliconia features an erect arrangement of 7 to 13 distichous bracts, which are pinkish at the base and transition to red-orange over most of the bract. The distal lip, keel of the lower bracts, and tip are green, with a thin yellow stripe underneath the green lip. The rachis is pink, and the sepals are green distally, turning to white towards the base. Ovaries and pedicels are white. The stems are red, which adds to the plant’s visual appeal.
This lush plant can reach heights between 8 to 14 feet (approximately 2.4 to 4.2 meters), creating a striking presence in any garden. It flourishes in full sun to partial shade and is known for its clumping and slightly weeping growth habit, producing beautiful inflorescences that are not only decorative in the garden but also serve as excellent cut flowers due to their durability and long vase life.
The ‘Lobster Claw Two’ variety of Heliconia bihai is a testament to the diversity and ornamental value of heliconias, offering a tropical flair and a burst of color to landscapes and floral arrangements alike.
We ship them as rhizomes, treated and packed according to phytosanitary requirements.
Heliconia Planting and Care
Firstly, when planting Heliconia rhizomes, whether in the garden or in pots/containers, it’s essential to provide the best possible conditions for growth.
Specifically, in the garden, plant in the spring or early summer when soil temperatures are above 65°F (18°C).
Garden: Consequently, choose a spot with partial to full sunlight (4-6 hours of direct sunlight is ideal).
Pots/Containers: Similarly, select a location on your patio or balcony that meets the same sunlight requirements.
Garden: Moreover, amend soil with compost or well-rotted manure to create a rich, well-draining environment. The soil should be slightly acidic to neutral, with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0.
Pots/Containers: Furthermore, use a high-quality potting mix designed for tropical plants, ensuring it has good drainage.
Plant rhizomes horizontally with growth points facing up, 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) below the soil surface.
Garden: Space rhizomes about 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) apart.
Pots/Containers: In addition, choose a pot that is at least 18 inches (45 cm) in diameter and the same in depth to accommodate the plant’s growth.
Initially, water thoroughly after planting, then maintain consistent moisture without waterlogging.
Garden: Consider drip irrigation for consistent moisture.
Pots/Containers: Ensure pots have drainage holes and saucers to prevent excess water retention.
Apply a 2 to 3 inch (5 to 7.5 cm) layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant, keeping it away from the stem to prevent rot.
Use a balanced fertilizer like a 10-10-10 NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium), or a 14-14-14 if slow-release. Apply according to the product’s instructions.
Garden: Protect from cold with frost cloths if temperatures drop below 65°F (18°C).
Pots/Containers: Move indoors or to a sheltered area during colder temperatures.
Repotting (for pots/containers):
Finally, repot every couple of years to refresh the soil and provide more room for growth. When repotting, move up to a pot that is 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) larger in diameter.
By adhering to these guidelines, you’ll help ensure that your Heliconia rhizomes have the best start, whether they’re in the ground or in containers. Remember to adjust care slightly based on your specific environment and the needs of your particular Heliconia variety.
Terms & Conditions
- ePackage: Thai Royal Mail + your national postal service. Available for orders under 4.4lbs (2kg). Normally it takes 10-14 days;
- EMS: Expedited shipping. It takes also 10-14 days;
- Dragon Courier: Covered with our Live Arrival Guarantee. Dragon Courier ships out of Thailand and do the custom clearing, which makes it passing quicker through the customs. Then they hand it over to DHL or UPS for domestic delivery. The package is always stored in the room temperatures even winter time. Shipments take 5-6 working days for Europe and Canada, and 5-8 days for the USA.
- Correct address and contact details of recipient - We should have been provided with correct address and contact details including cell number and email. The shipment must be sent to the correct delivery address, and not forwarded to another address. P.O.Box is not acceptable as the shipping address.
- First delivery attempt - The shipment must be received on the first delivery attempt, or be picked up the day of the first delivery attempt. If you miss the delivery and the package is delayed a day or more because of it, we will not accept responsibility for any losses. It is your responsibility to check the tracking number for delivery, even if courier does not leave a "pink slip" notifying you they tried to deliver the package.
- Clear photo provided within 24 hours – You need to send us a clear picture or video of the full plant in issue with its name, explaining what’s going on within 24 hours upon receipt.
- Package was shipped by Dragon Courier – In case you choose postal E-package, eCommerce Express or EMS, you accept the risk and no compensation will be issued.
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- Disinfect the plant 2 days before shipping;
- Remove soil on day of shipment;
- Clean roots with water until ALL soil is removed;
- Spray 0.03% imidacloprid over plants and dry 30 min;
- OR dip roots for 3 minutes in fungicide and Confidor solution (get sucked up by the plant);
- After that we place all in drying room for 45 min;
- Then we add sterile sphagnum to the roots and wrap this in plastic bag;
- We wrap roots in plastic bag and wrap plant in special designed, clean paper for export, and pack;
- We use new, never used card board boxes, that are tested and approved by ALL Global airfreight standards and ISO requirements.
Specification: Heliconia bihai ‘Lobster Claw Two’