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Tropical Ginger

Alpinia spp.

Also known as

Ginger lily, Indian shell flower

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

90cm

Max

90cm

50cm

Min

50cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Tropical Ginger Overview

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.

Common problems with Tropical Ginger

Mealybugs might be a problem.

How to harvest Tropical Ginger

Flowers can be harvested for the vase.

How to propagate Tropical Ginger

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 of Tropical Ginger

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.

Other uses of Tropical Ginger

They are widely cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical gardens for their showy blooms. Some are grown as commercial cut flowers.

Ornamental

Several species are cultivated as ornamental plants.