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Has anyone had luck with Hedychium in zone 6?

Posted by bill_ri_z6b (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 31, 13 at 12:31

I see many, many Hedychiums listed as hardy to zone 7, maybe even most of them. But I wondered if anyone has tried pushing the limits, and had success in zone 6 leaving the plants in the ground year-round. I could cover the area with leaves or mulch, but I wouldn't want to go to any further means of protection such as heating cables, etc.

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RE: Has anyone had luck with Hedychium in zone 6?

Hi Bill! I'm in 7b, but I grow on a balcony so all my things are in pots. My hedychiums lived through the winter, and I see one teeny sprout now. My conditions have a chance to be more of an inground 7a or 6b, so I thought I would chime in.


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RE: Has anyone had luck with Hedychium in zone 6?

My hawiian white butterfly ginger came back in zone 6, it's wasn't a big root and I gone in July so it had time to settle, but not alot, it's spiked up 2 little points...

It's in a slightly protected location but wasn't planted deep, it had no mulch on it!


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RE: Has anyone had luck with Hedychium in zone 6?

I have on out this year but Im not sure if I'm brave enough to leave it out all winter yet.


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RE: Has anyone had luck with Hedychium in zone 6?

I have one in a pot for several years, and I bring it inside for the winter, but it's not really happy and flourishing. I think next spring I'll plant it out in the ground and see what happens. It's not blooming in the pot anyway, so why keep it that way?

It'll be just another of my many experiments!

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RE: Has anyone had luck with Hedychium in zone 6?

  • Posted by dbarron Z6/7 (Oklahoma) (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 30, 13 at 20:00

Well, I saw a thriving colony of coronarium at the Jones Center in Springdale, AR this year. It may have only been set out this year...I don't know...but it was loaded with fragrant flowers.


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RE: Has anyone had luck with Hedychium in zone 6?

Dbarron-- that's like a mile from my parents! I was going to give them my hedychium. I don't recall it being there before. There is a chance that they set it out and carry it back and forth, but not necessarily. They do lift some things. I'll go send my mom to look :)


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RE: Has anyone had luck with Hedychium in zone 6?

Hey dbarron! I got your message, but you have messages disabled so I couldn't reply. I never made it there and I couldn't get my mom to figure out what I was talking about. So I am unsure as well as to if there is a hole in the ground or what!


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