Also known as
Ginger lily, Indian shell flower
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2 years to reach maturity
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
Excellent specimens for conservatories and indoor tropical gardens, they need heat and humidity with indirect sun light.
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.
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.