7 Gallon
Ginger / Red
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Ginger / Red

Latin Name:

Alpinia purpurata

Plant Type:

Perennial

Description:

Tall, vigorous plants, six to eight feet (180-240cm) tall in most varieties, some smaller. The terminal, upright inflorescence has a loose cone of red bracts with red flowers growing between them. Pink cultivars and a dirty white have been developed. All are long lasting as cut flowers.

Origin:

South Seas

Environment:

Suitable only for a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

GI

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

High humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 3 parts garden soil, 1 part fine sand, 2 parts peat. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed weekly with a water soluble fertilizer. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to none Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Division of rhizomes in the summer. After dividing the rhizomes plant them in their regular potting mix.

Gardening Tips & Care:

This is an ideal plant for a large container that needs a warm atmosphere. Good drainage is also a necessity. Place pebbles or gravel in the drainage dish to hold water and increase the humidity, make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water. If possible put outside for the summer in full sun.

Is Genus:

No

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