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.
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.
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.
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.
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.