What happened to my midnight ginger?

sextus(8)January 16, 2006

A few months ago my midnight ginger was doing alright. Three or four new plants started to shoot up, but then nothing more. They new plants only grew about an inch or half of an inch and then died. The originals all died out. All that is left is one of the new plants that grew about three inches. A friend of mine had the same thing happen with the same kind of ginger. So what is happening?

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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Sextus,

My experience with this ginger is that it is not as cold tolerant as advertised. Here in southwest Louisiana, Zone 9a, when I had this ginger planted in the ground, it would die completely back during the winter, then begin to show life around June. However, it would never produce as much growth nor get as tall as the previous summer. I think it would have just eventually dwindled away. I finally dug it up and potted it. I have a small greenhouse and overwinter it there. It is doing just fine now.

Steve

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 9:10AM
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bihai(zone 9)

Yeah after this ginger was first imported (I believe it was brought in by John Banta) its was deemed "rare" and commanded a high price, then it seemed to go into tissue culture very quickly, and suddenly it was everyhere. They were selling huge stuffed 3 gal containers here for $12 with a label saying hardy in some 8. But its not. People were snatching them up like hotcakes...now its never even offered for sale anymore.
This is basically an evergreen zingiber. Old stalks will eventually get ratty and have to be cut off, but it doesn't seem to have a natural dormancy period like, say, a Zingiber zerumbet (red pinecone ginger). If it is allowed to freeze, the rhizomes will still look viable when you dig them up, but it seems to put the plant in suspended animation and it is extremely slow to come beck, if it does at all. The only specimen I ever have that looks great year round is greenhouse grown and has never suffered temps below 55F.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 12:32PM
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jayferg

Mine never made it through last winter in 9b. I bought mine at a nursery that said it was hardy to zone 8. It died off pretty early in the winter and never came back.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2006 at 12:49AM
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gaza(10 la CA)

here in los angeles,it so far,appears,evergreen,unlike most zingibas

    Bookmark   January 22, 2006 at 12:47AM
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