What is your latest flowering ginger?

GAAlan(z7b(on map) 8(imby) Atlanta)September 28, 2004

I was out this morning to check on things when I spotted the first open(ever for me) flowers of Hedychium thrysiforme. It is by far my latest to begin blooming. What is the last ginger in your garden to initiate flowers? Are there other genera that flower later than Hedychium?

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TimChapman(Z8 Louisiana)

A few other hedychium are late bloomers as well. I find Curcuma roscoeana and Curcuma aurantiaca tend to bloom very late as well. There are of course evergreen gingers that are short day bloomers and would just be getting started, but I assume you mean hardy, winter dormant type stuff. I've got a Zingiber bradleyanum just open up for the first time ever. Some curcuma are still going strong with new inflor.s sprouting. Hedychium are probably the best though since they often do a great late season flush with the cooler weather as long as you can keep them well watered during the dryer late summer/autumn months.

Tim Chapman

    Bookmark   September 29, 2004 at 2:24AM
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cannahavana(z7a Knoxville)

I have a Hedychium coronarium compactum I noticed yesterday that has a bloom head forming for the first time. I hope it hurries before the first frost in a few weeks.


    Bookmark   September 29, 2004 at 8:37AM
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cannahavana(z7a Knoxville)

Ooops, sorry that is Hedychium gardnerianum compactum.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2004 at 8:45AM
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My Curcuma alismatifolia is just starting to bloom.
Photo taken Wed. 9-29-04

    Bookmark   September 29, 2004 at 10:05PM
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plantaholic(zone 8a AL)

hedychium flavescens is one of the latest bloomers for me.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2004 at 2:51AM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

Hedychium flavescens, H. flavum and H. greenei are still blooming here in northern California in mid November. in past years I have also had Alpinia zerumbet continue blooming into mid winter.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2004 at 12:13AM
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H flavescens always for me and also Luna Moth decided to put out a late flush this fall after blooming in June. Everything is all over now though!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2004 at 10:24AM
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danbo(8b MS Coast)

I second the hedychium flavescens. Though this year it started blooming earlier for me, usually it doesn't start till about october or later and usually blooms till the frosts hit.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2004 at 8:44PM
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I ... what is it third the H. flavscens. Mine started blooming oh a week back.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2004 at 4:31PM
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GAAlan(z7b(on map) 8(imby) Atlanta)

Wow Mike, you have a Hedychium that began blooming in Mid December?! When is your first frost there? It was 16F here this morning, and reached only 37F today. My brain is so cold it cannot process the thought of there being a place where Hedychiums are still in bloom! Thats a pretty neat thing to wake up to on Christmas!

I might need to look into H. flavescens next year!

    Bookmark   December 20, 2004 at 9:34PM
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TimChapman(Z8 Louisiana)

Many Hedychium spp. are quite use to cool/cold temps and adapt to our hot summers. A freeze will knock them down though. We had a mild winter up to a few days ago (all are down now). H. thyrsiforme, flavescens, coronarium and others will bloom til the first frost. the first two tend to bloom in the fall as well, where H. coronarium starts much sooner in the season. Some of the epiphytic hedychium bloom in the middle of winter (in a greenhouse though), and some like H. gracile go completely deciduous before the freezes ever come.

Tim Chapman

    Bookmark   December 20, 2004 at 11:00PM
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