Costus Malortieanus - Plant
Description for Costus Malortieanus
Winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11 where this tropical plant is best grown in organically rich, consistently moist, well-drained soils in part shade. Tolerates close to full shade. Intolerant of freezing temperatures. It is a perennial, native to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. It is an ornamental plant grows to about a meter in height and shade loving, The flowers are borne in terminal spikes are yellow striped with red in colour, favourite to humming birds.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Spiral flag, Spiral ginger, Step-ladder plant, Velvet costus||Yellow||Summer / Autumn||6.00 to 8.00 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
|Part shade / shade||Moist well drained soil||Moderate.||22-26 Â°C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Costus Malortieanus
- Plant care is not difficult but does require vigilance.The vines need to be trained early when they are young. You may use plant ties or just weave them through trellis sections.
- Fertilize the plant in spring just before new growth appears.Pinch off the tips of the vines in the second year to promote branching which will fill the trellis with bushy growth.
Typical uses of Costus Malortieanus
Special features: Greenhouse or indoor plant. Flowers are spectacular, but plants are otherwise not particularly ornamental.
Ornamental use: Costus malortieanus is widely cultivated and used as an ornamental plant.
Note:- The following information is general guidelines. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines.