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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2009
12:33 AM

Post #7118079

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.
Cinda


Ps . this is a potted house plant.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


October 10, 2009
6:45 PM

Post #7155216

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

You can grow it from stem cuttings.

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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

October 10, 2009
8:29 PM

Post #7155404

THanks , I am moving things inside today ...impending frost..and will have to cut it back ...just too tall.
bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 24, 2009
4:05 PM

Post #7305833

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.

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 24, 2009
6:12 PM

Post #7306194

Cut the stem to 8 inch lengths, stick the bottom part in soil.
bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 24, 2009
7:16 PM

Post #7306374

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

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 24, 2009
7:20 PM

Post #7306385

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

Aloha, Dave
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 24, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #7306414

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?

bigbubbles
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 24, 2009
8:09 PM

Post #7306510

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...

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


November 25, 2009
4:33 AM

Post #7307865

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.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 25, 2009
6:04 AM

Post #7308019

Gardengus, here is a link to your plant

http://www.plantcare.com/encyclopedia/blue-ginger-386.aspx

http://www.greenculturesg.com/articles/dec08/dec08_blueginger.pdf
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

November 30, 2009
7:00 PM

Post #7322408

Thank you for the links some good information ^_^
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2009
7:08 PM

Post #7322423

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.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2009
7:17 PM

Post #7322453

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

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2009
7:20 PM

Post #7322461

You are very welcome, Gardengus. Glad it was useful to you.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2009
8:52 PM

Post #7322694

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.
vossner
Richmond, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2009
10:35 PM

Post #7322977

that's OK. I know who to call if mine turns to mush this winter...
TrixieM
Mc Call Creek, MS

May 15, 2010
6:23 PM

Post #7795957

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!
kenboy
Big Sandy, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2010
4:56 AM

Post #7806320

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.

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