Psittacorums are the smaller growing heliconias that have a runny habit. They are often mass planted together as putting them in beds with other plants can be a problem as they tend to spread. In general they are excellent cutflowers , will flower in pots and are great mass planted on slopes or banks.
They grow well in full sun, prefer freely draining soils with high organic matter and regular application of complete fertiliser every four to six weeks, particularly during the hot and humid months. Some cultivars are a bit more cold tolerant than others but in general they are not particularly cold tolerant.
We generally sell our psittacorums directly from pots so they have established root systems on them. We recommend placing back in pots until they have re-established the roots in potting mix before planting in ground.