Curcuma Ornamental Ginger Rhizome Growing Guide

Ornamental Curcuma Gingers provide a taste of the tropics during summer months with their lush green foliage and vibrant flowers.

To get the best out of your Ginger Rhizomes, you need to know how to plant & nurture them which is why we've put together this little guide to get your beauties off to the best start.

Where to plant your rhizome

Ornamental Curcuma Gingers can be grown in a pot, or in the ground and will do well inside or outside.

Growing Inside

If you're going to be growing your Ginger inside, you'll need to choose a pot that will give the complex root system enough room to expand.  A good starting size is a pot that's 140mm in diameter.

You'll want a rich, well draining soil or really good quality potting mix.

Growing Outside

If you plan on growing your Ginger outside, you'll need to choose a spot in the garden that gets a good amount of sunshine and is protected from strong winds.

Again, you should choose somewhere with a rich, well draining soil.

How to care for your rhizome

Growing these tropical beauties is relatively easy if you follow a few simple rules when caring for your plant.

Watering & Feeding

Water your rhizome once when you first plant it.
Don't water it again until your start to see shoots appear.

Don't water your plant during the dormant winter months.

Water your plant regularly during the flowering months.
Feed your plant a balanced, slow release fertiliser during the flowering months only.

Dormant Winter

About mid Autumn, when the weather starts to get colder, the foliage on your Ginger plant will begin to die off.

Eventually, the leaves will turn brown and droop to the ground completely.  This is normal and needs to happen naturally - don't be tempted to pull the foliage off as you can cause damage to the rhizome.

Remember - don't want it at all during these dormant months.

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9 thoughts on “Curcuma Ornamental Ginger Rhizome Growing Guide

  1. Susan says:

    Thank you! I bought 6 potted curcuma ginger this summer and I wanted to learn how to winter them over in the pots they came in . They all turned brown and look like they are going dormant. Do I just leave them in the pots and put them in a closet over winter? Zone 5 here in new york

    • admin says:

      Hi Susan! That’s exactly what they will be doing so yes, leave them in their pots. Once all the foliage dies off, you can pot them into something bigger for next season if you want to. As long as the closet is fairly dry (not in a laundry or bathroom) then yes, that would be the perfect spot for them 🙂

    • Palmwood Tropicals says:

      Hi Eden,

      All curcuma are edible but they make such beautiful flowers we don’t usually eat them :/ The Zingiber officienale is the edible ginger, which we grow at the nursery 🙂

  2. Vicki says:

    Can you tell us how to avoid the leaf edges on our Curuma Voodoo Magic from going brown during the flowering season. We also have some other varieties that are getting some white spot on the leaves.

    • Palmwood Tropicals says:

      Hi Vicky,

      Brown edging on the leaves can be from multiple reasons. It may be overwatering, sunburn or disease. Or if that section has finished flowering it is normal for the shoot to go brown as the rhizome is sucking back the nutrition it needs. We would suggest keeping them in a warm (humid) but shady area if possible and do not overwater. Our horticulturist advises he has never seen white spots on our gingers although he says that small caterpillars can dry out sections of the leaves and make them look white. Hope this helps!!

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