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Tropical Ginger

Alpinia spp.

Also known as

Ginger lily, Indian shell flower

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • 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


The thickened underground stems are rhizomes, which contain buds that will sprout new above ground stem when divided.


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.


Several species are cultivated as ornamental plants.


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