No ginger flowers yet?

Winston Salem, NC(Zone 7a)

I was given butterfly ginger. It is in 2 lg pots. No blooms yet. what am I doing wrong or not doing. zone 7a/b(right on edge) so should I bring them into the basement for winter, house or what?

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

You would probably do best to bring them in for the winter. This is the time of year for them to start blooming. How much sun do they get? Here is a link to the plant file info on them.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1297/

Winston Salem, NC(Zone 7a)

Oh my goodness, I thought I had them in a good spot they get light shade till about 2-3pm then full sun. I bet that is the sun they need to not get , isn't it.
I'm gonna move the pot immediately and hope they revive. they are just looking kinda spindly. well leaved, but skinny.

Thanks lots, Moon!!

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

You are very welcome BirdieBlue.

Winston Salem, NC(Zone 7a)

does it sond like they will survive? Should I water them extra well since they sort of have sunstroke. Well no burnt leaves, just spindly looking. "Sun spindle" then, I guess ^_^

BB

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Birdie, do you fertilize them? Put them in a place where they get lots of morning sun, keep the soil just slightly moist to the touch and douse them with some miracle grow.

Winston Salem, NC(Zone 7a)

Gotcha! Thanks!

i am shamed to admit to forgetting about fertalizer ;-(

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

It is not as necessary when they are in the ground as they can draw from the soil, but in a pot they use up the nutrients and trace elements very quickly.

Winston Salem, NC(Zone 7a)

OK!! Thank you, Thankyou, Thankyou. I hope I get to see a bloom or two. I think I am going to plant about half of what I have in the ground. y back deck gets morning sun and then depending on where around the deck, it is shaded by house or privacy fence anywhere from 12 - 3pm. Does that sound good? and when should I have them shaded by?
I hope I am not pestering you, but I do so want these to live. Up until this year I have been a woodland shade gardener. I'm here to tell you that it is lot's easier planning where to plant something when the sun isn't an issue.
I don't remember what you call them, but I think hat the very hardy flowering plants that can survive neglect and heat and drought are what I need l! LOL

^_^ BB ^_^

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

My husband calls those plants plastic....grin, I call them weeds, LOL. You deck sounds like a fine place to put them. Just remember to mulch them heavily to protect them over the winter. They are listed as hardy to zone 7, so they should be quite happy. Just remember to keep them watered in the ground while they are getting established. They should have enough time to" get their grow on" before it gets cold. The rest of them, you can treat the same way, but bring in for winter, as the pot will not protect the roots over the winter.

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North of Atlanta, GA(Zone 8a)

my ginger blooms in the full sun. The ones in partial shade blooms sometime but not every year. The leaves tend to wilt in the midsummer heat but a little water will perk them right up.

TabacVille, NC(Zone 7a)

Birdie,
so sorry.. somehow I missed this posting.
It was me that gave you the rhizomes. Like I've written you in dmail ..

"Hedychium Coronarium or White Butterfly ginger.
Some might take 3 years to bloom. You know the old saying..first year sleep, second year feed, third year, reap?
This is where our patience is tested.
They love to be fed, and once in a while, flood them. Just like the monsoon areas where they originate. "

Plant them in the ground next spring when you can. All my gingers are.

Thanks for your help Moon ^_^

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

My pleasure...everyone should have a white ginger bloom for them as they are beautiful and so fragrant....Moon

North of Atlanta, GA(Zone 8a)

My gingers are still blooming but may be frost Sunday night. I think I'm going to have to drag some of my tropicals in.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I hear ya Lili...I get everything ready, and try to wait til the very last minute before I start dragging it all in. I have discovered that almost everything I grow in pots can actually handle temps down to 40 degrees and even a little cooler, providing I keep the frost off of them. Even the orchids don't complain about the cooler weather...only thing about it is that I have to watch the local weather religiously for that frost warning...grin

North of Atlanta, GA(Zone 8a)

I just hate it when we have a few cold nights and then warm temp after that....

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