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Question about gingers in zone 8

Posted by mikeandbarb z8 D/FW ( on
Sun, Feb 19, 06 at 16:47

Well, It's a little late to ask this question but I ordered some gingers they are (2) rootings each of SCARLET RED and BLUSHING PINK gingers, and one (1) rooting each of HYACINTH BLUE (striking & unusual), REGAL WHITE and GOLDEN YELLOW gingers.
It says they do best in milder climatic 60 to 80 degrees. Can anyone tell me how they will do in my zone 8 with temps in the high 90's some times in the 100's?
It appears I'll have to plant them in pots placing them in the shade, I knew they'd need shade but didn't realize they'd need to be potted. Anyway I'm hoping they do well they are so pretty.

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RE: Question about gingers in zone 8

  • Posted by bihai z8B FL (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 19, 06 at 20:53

Unfortunately your descriptions don't tell anyone what species your plants are.
The "Hyacinth Blue" ginger is most likely Dichorisandra thrysifolia, which is commonly called "Blue Ginger", but its actually not a ginger at all, its in the Wandering Jew family.

"Scarlett Red" ginger could possibly be hedychium greenii..."REgal White" could possibly be hedychium coronarium...but its a toss up without the botanical names, or even more descriptve common names, like "Butterfly" ginger or "Hidden lily" ginger, etc

RE: Question about gingers in zone 8

i think the gingers will do great in winter, planted inground, with plenty of mulch during cold weather.

About blue ginger, I dunno. will probably need to be potted and overwintered in a protected area. Mine is planted inground and I know it will come back, but presently completely absent.

RE: Question about gingers in zone 8

Barb -- I don't know what kind of gingers you have, but I grow Hedychium (butterfly ginger), costus (spiral ginger), and curcuma in the ground in Arlington. All do well for me.


RE: Question about gingers in zone 8

I am in columbia, sc, on the line between 7 & 8 and mine are in the ground also. I also have a few in pots and they are outside all year also. They are all in part sun during the day and do great.

RE: Question about gingers in zone 8

I grow butterfly ginger, curcuma and pinecone ginger in the ground in zone 8b and they all do good. One pinecone is just starting to peek through the dirt, while the other has been up for about 2 weeks. It also gets as hot as Hades here.


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