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Tropical ginger

Alpinia spp.

The lush, herbaceous plants grow reed-like stalks from fleshy, underground rhizomes. Naturally occurring in tropical regions, they like hot humid summers and are dormant in the short cooler winter months. Some species can become invasive if not managed well.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Flowers can be harvested for the vase.

Propagation

Rhizomes
The thickened underground stems are rhizomes, which contain buds that will sprout new above ground stem when divided.
Division
Divide the rhizomes in spring time.

Special features

Indoor plant
Excellent specimens for conservatories and indoor tropical gardens, they need heat and humidity with indirect sun light.
Pot plant
Grow in large pots with wide surface areas, add slow release fertilizers. Gingers are heavy feeders, use rich organic potting mix and provide good drainage, but keep soil moist at all times.
Attractive flowers
The flowers are exotic and unusual.

Geography

Origin
Asia, China, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, Australia, Queensland.
Natural climate
Tropical and sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Ornamental
Several species are cultivated as ornamental plants.

Personality

Family
Zingiberaceae
Flower colour
Yellow, Purples, Pink
Scent
None

Problems

Mealybugs might be a problem.
Citrus Mealybug
Citrus Mealybug
Planococcus citri

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