Overwinter potted ginger

msmisk(NTX8)November 9, 2006

I'm in zone 7, near Dallas, and have a big variegated ginger in a large ceramic pot. I assume I will need to winter-protect in some way. Can I just wrap the plant when it gets near freezing ? If I just leave it, will the leaves die back and come back next spring ? Should I take it out, put it in a lighter pot that I could actually move, and bring it in during cold spells ?

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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Which variegated ginger are you growing? It makes a difference as to the advice.

Steve

    Bookmark   November 9, 2006 at 8:37AM
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melissa_thefarm(NItaly)

I'm wondering how much cold gingers can stand, too, and about my solution. I have a Hedychium, either gardnerianum or coronarium, and had to find a place for it during our long, dark, chilly winters which however don't bring temps much lower than 20F most of the time. But the tall growth is hard to keep in the cold greenhouse where most of my potted plants go. I put it in our bathroom: window with a southern exposure, lots of humidity, and a heater permanently on pilot. Just about jungle conditions. What do you think? Also, I'm thinking about putting some gingers in an enameled steel bathtub the neighbors left behind. Can they stay outside all year long (I certainly can't bring the tub indoors in the winter) if the tub stays in a fairly protected spot? I've tried a couple of Hedychiums in the ground against a wall with a southern exposure, and they hated it, I think because of the soil, which was clay-ey in spite of a lot of amendment.

Feedback is appreciated.

Melissa

    Bookmark   November 9, 2006 at 1:56PM
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msmisk(NTX8)

I'm afraid I don't know which variegated ginger I have. I bought it at Home Depot this spring. It has a medium green and light yellow variegated leaf. It doesn't seem to want to get tall - It's about 3 feet tall 4 - 5 feet wide.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2006 at 8:28PM
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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

If you got it at HD, them it's probably Alpinia Zerumbet Variegated, aka, variegated shell ginger. Rated for Zone 7. In the ground, probably will get frozen back in your zone but comes back in the spring. Won't get over 4 to 5 feet under that scenario. Blooms on old (2nd year) growth so if it doesn't freeze, it will bloom the following spring to early summer. In a container, I would move it in and out so that I could have blooms the following year.

Steve

    Bookmark   November 13, 2006 at 12:06PM
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msmisk(NTX8)

Steve, thanks for the probable name and the advice. I would love to see it bloom, so I will definitely bring it in and out. And it's such a gorgeous plant, I'd hate to lose it.

Texas Carol

    Bookmark   November 14, 2006 at 12:11AM
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lac1361(z9a Lake Charles, LA)

Hi Texas Carol,

To validate your ginger, go to one of my favorite tropical nursery websites: www.stokestropicals.com. Click on plants, gingers, alpinia. Look for Alpinia Zerumbet Variegated. Compare that picture to your plant.

Steve

    Bookmark   November 14, 2006 at 8:23AM
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msmisk(NTX8)

Steve - Yes, that's it !! It's so nice to know exactly which ginger I have, and now I know how to care for it, too.
That's a very cool website - I will definitely explore further. Thanks for you help.

Texas Carol

    Bookmark   November 15, 2006 at 12:14AM
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