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50glee
Huntersville, NC

August 24, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #6983622

I have Hedychium coccineum, Orange Bottlebrush and Hedychium coronarium White Garland Lily Ginger) happily growing and blooming.


Three questions:

1) How or should I remove the faded blooms??
If I cut them off - how far down. the orange one is in the seven to eight foot range.
(Nope it never got that tall before but this year some Super Thrive got ton some and well - now I have 7' - 8 ' Gingers)

2) Is the White Garland Lily Ginger root edible?

and lastly,

3) Can the grocery store variety of ginger root grow and bloom also?

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themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2009
3:20 AM

Post #6992916

Yes, you can grow edible ginger from roots available at the grocery this is what the flower looks like.

http://www.gingergarden.com/zingiberaceae/zingiber/results.php?plant_id=197

The deadheading question http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/775205/

H coronarium edibility http://www.pfaf.org/database/plants.php?Hedychium+coronarium
gothqueen
Gainesville, FL

August 27, 2009
10:57 AM

Post #6993398

Unless you want to save the seeds, there is no reason to deadhead. The stalk that bloomed will only bloom the one time, and now that its done, it will get ratty looking and die back, so unless you want to see if you get seeds, you may as well go on and cut it down at the ground and compost it
50glee
Huntersville, NC

August 28, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #6998529

oh THANK YOU!

I had waited several days for these answers and afterwards thought the questions were too silly or dumb. But I did want to know.

Thank you both for helping!

themoonhowl - just great links! guess I dabble in so many different plants that I know just a smidgen about some and noting much about any . . . UGGGH.
Thank Goodness - DG has YOU!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 28, 2009
11:22 PM

Post #6999285

I'm a Jean of all trades and master of practically none, myself...grin. Or , I know just enough to get in trouble. LOL

You are so welcome. glad they were of use to you.
gothqueen
Gainesville, FL

August 28, 2009
11:53 PM

Post #6999409

Are you also a loup-garou?

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 29, 2009
12:04 AM

Post #6999440

Mais oui, Cher...raised just a spit from the swamps of south La...aaaayoooo! and Warren Zevon is an idol...grin
gothqueen
Gainesville, FL

August 29, 2009
12:26 AM

Post #6999521

Kindred

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 29, 2009
12:45 AM

Post #6999596

Greetings, gothqueen...I'm an aroid/ginger fan also.
kenboy
Big Sandy, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 29, 2009
1:28 AM

Post #6999742

W W of L
gothqueen
Gainesville, FL

August 29, 2009
1:32 PM

Post #7000859

welcome to the strange

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 29, 2009
2:09 PM

Post #7000951

Thanks Gothqueen, but I have been strange so long I am a gatekeeper...grin

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