Calling all writers, especially those who wax poetic! If you have a way with words, here's your chance to put pen to paper and try your hand at writing an award-winning piece for us. Find all the details on our contest page.

Blue ginger question?

Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

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.

Ps . this is a potted house plant.

Keaau, HI

Blue-Ginger, Dichorisandra thyrsiflora. It is a member of the Commelina Family.

You can grow it from stem cuttings.

Thumbnail by Metrosideros
Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

THanks , I am moving things inside today ...impending frost..and will have to cut it back ...just too tall.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Can you tell me how to grow from stem cuttings? It's time to cut everything back....and I'd love to have more of this ginger.

Keaau, HI

Cut the stem to 8 inch lengths, stick the bottom part in soil.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanks so much! I'm going out to do it now.....Sandi

Keaau, HI

Hey Sandi, in your area make sure they stay warm. They will take faster.

Aloha, Dave

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

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?

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

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...

Keaau, HI

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.

Flora, IN(Zone 5a)

Thank you for the links some good information ^_^

(Zone 9a)

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.

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

ardesia, that is good to know. I just transplanted mine inground. Is your clump getting bigger ea yr?

This message was edited Nov 30, 2009 1:18 PM

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

You are very welcome, Gardengus. Glad it was useful to you.

(Zone 9a)

LOL, yes and no. It is hard to say no to a visitor who just has to have a cutting thus my clump seems to stay the same size.

Nery, I think I promised you a cutting once; I can't believe I forgot to stick it is that last box. Big Duh here, sorry.

Richmond, TX(Zone 9a)

that's OK. I know who to call if mine turns to mush this winter...

Mc Call Creek, MS

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!

Big Sandy, TX(Zone 8a)

WE got down to 9 once and down to 12 several times and we are still waiting for them to make a show. It was also very wet this Winter so we are just hoping they made it.

Post a Reply to this Thread

You cannot post until you , sign up and subscribe. to post.