Rain rain go away?? - 26/01/2011 1:00am

Rain rain go away??

The amount of rain we have had so early in the year and the unseasonally warm winter has meant flowering has been all over the place this year. Flowers that don't usually flower until late spring started flowering back in July and now our dwarf jamaican's, which normally only give us good flush of flowers in winter, have started flowering with all the rain! Bizarre weather but what does it mean for heliconias, anthuriums, gingers and bromeliads?? Surprisingly very little! One thing we have learned with plants growing on flood planes is that even if it takes a week or two for water to subside, most of our heliconias and gingers will still be standing - flood waters remove the old debris but for the most part the plants are fine with flowers intact!! Bromeliads also tend to remain okay during the wetter months but sometimes some of the softer leafed plants such as guzmanias and vriesea may develop rot spots. Anthuriums will suffer damage to their flowers from the rain drops but tend to manifest as a slight discolouration to the flower almost like a bruise. We do tend to plant most of our plants slightly raised beds so that none of them get particularly wet feet - although these plants are all basically tropical, for the most part they prefer the opportunity to dry out slightly rather than remaining soaking wet all the time. We would like the rain to go away more for our own comfort but a bit of sunshine is always needed to get good flowers. So I guess rain rain go away would be good at least for a couple of weeks so we can get some spraying done!!

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