New Heliconia and Ginger Varieties for the Ornamental Industry – Research Report

A two-year ‘on-farm’ evaluation of nine open-pollinated (OP) Heliconia psittacorum seedling selections has been completed. The Northern Territory Government released all nine varieties to the public and members of the cut-flower growers group gave a name to each: ‘Pink Blush’, ‘Flamenco’, ‘Pearl’, ‘Fantasia’, ‘Rosie Q’, ‘Red Devil’, ‘Rose Red’, ‘Exotic’ and ‘Cracker Jack’.

A Heliconia rostrata seedling selection was evaluated for suitability as a cut-flower type and the results are reported here as well.

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