Hi olddude, That ginger is Alpinia luteocarpa, It is a tropical ginger that was being cloned by one of the Tissue culture labs about 4 or 5 years ago. They were suppling the big wholesale nurseries in Miami & elsewhere. The lab has almost stopped production of gingers now. So the gingers that were found in Lowes & Home Depot, & Walmart, will no longer be available there. You can still find the Siam Tulpis, because the rhizomes are imported each year from Thailand.
Thanks for the info GG. I just picked up a couple of the Curcuma alismatfolia for $5.50 each as an impulse buy at Home Depot. I guess for that price I can't whine to much that they don't include the cultivar name. As for the A. luteocarpa that is the story of my life a day late or a dollar short.
Hey Nadine, I would love to try it again, I lost mine because I was given the wrong info from the grower I bought them from. They DO NOT temps below 32*.
Hey Scott, I just bought 5 of those Siam Tulips to try again. I tried some of the small pink ones that Lowes is selling, but they seemed to die off in a couple years in the garden. The varieties that Home Depot has are some of the new ones, much larger flowers. A bed of these was planted at Fairchild Gardens in Coral Gables in 2007, I think that is the correct year. I thought I would give them a try again, they are really beautiful. There are large fields of them in the national parks in Thailand, they have a Siam Tulip festival every year. There weather is kinda like Florida, except they have more rain there & the troubles I have heard about here is the humidity & Thailand gets temps over 100* & as much as 90 inches of rain a year in some areas, so I don't know. Well good luck with them.
Curcuma 'Ladawan' is a hybrid of a Siam Tulip X Curcuma Cordata, it does great here in pots & in the ground. I have grown them for about 5 years now.
Here is a pic of Ladawan !
Ok, Richard, I will save you some and my friend says to keep it in a pot in the ground.Then pull pot up and put in greenhouse to over winter it...I can use a break from this raining we are having...nothing is drowned yet..
Yep, definately Key Deer, there are no squirrels this far down the Keys. Fortunately for me the Key Deer tend to leave all the gingers alone, except for the blooms. I just found a deer this morning in the yard, she had yanked a newly planted curcuma out of the ground only munching one bract. I swear this deer has the gate code and I can't for the life of me figure out how she is getting in. The other problem I have are iguanas but they too don't munch the gingers.
I had maintained a large stand of Alpinia luteocarpa, which I obtained several years ago from Tropiflora for, like, $5.00, for about 7 years. It was planted in the greenhouse next to my tulip torch ginger. It had never experienced any problems til this last winter, when it was so dreadfully cold here in FL for so long. I maintained the GH last winter at 45F and the luteocarpa died back. I was amazed. 45F?????
So I dug the rhizomes and they looked A-ok. I replanted them into pots and now the plant is returning.
I had several instances of hurtfulness from plants in the GH that resented 45F for a prolonged period of time at night (and in the day...there were some days here last winter where the daytime temp struggled to reach 45F)...my Costus "Kiss of Death" went dormant, and many philodendrons and anthuriums growing on the GH walls developed dead patches in their stems and had to be taken down, trimmer, rehabbed, and replanted. My Red Sealing Wax palms died, all 4 of them.
I like this ginger, but the flowers are so small, I rarely noticed them.