Someone told me a blue ginger is not really a ginger , but I don't know where else to ask.
My ginger has grown real tall and fallen over, can I cut and root? and if yes what is the best method.
Thanks for any help.
bigbubbles, where do you grow your ginger? pot or inground? I killed one and since the stem was mushy, I would guess it was from excessive moisture. How much do you water? The one I have presently was growing in a pot and I just transplanted to what I think is a drier spot. I'm thinking this plant is not as thirsty as I thought.
Metrosideros, do I also need to protect cuttings in zone 9a?
I'm putting them in my temporary gh that's attached to the patio. We heat it. I plan to dig what's left (after cuttings) of the one I have in ground and put it in a pot till spring. I had it out in the pond area in a pot, but planted it under the kitchen window in August. With the drought we've had, I can't say it got lots of water, but I did water it regularly. It's still blooming, but tall and lanky. Made the cuttings and put them all in one pot so I can keep an eye on them.
Will cuttings also work for spiral gingers? Mine die to the ground in winter, then pop up early spring...
The plant should not be in temps lower than 55 degrees F; between 70 & 80 degrees F is optimal for the plant. Water will not hurt the plant. I get 200 inches of rain per year and it does well. It should be well drained though.
Dave, they do die back in cold weather but mine have weathered temps in the 30's every winter. It does not stay cold for long, just a few hours at a time; maybe that makes a difference. They always return reliably. I am talking about established plants here. Cuttings would have to be protected I would assume.
When you dig up an older plant they have these huge tubers much like the ornamental sweet potatoes.
I live in zone 8 a/b (pretty much in the center). Left them in the ground this past winter well mulched with pine straw. We got down to around 15 degrees several nights in a row...several times. They are coming back great!