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I am trying to gather some feedback for a Hedychium researcher and friend in India. Answers to the questions below will help them decide on how to proceed with possible new introductions. They have access to many species and forms that are not yet in general cultivation. I'll compile the info from here and elsewhere and forward it to them. Feel free to mention any other qualities that you feel important, and/or describe the perfect butterfly Ginger.
Q1: favorite flower Color
Q2: flower shape /size
Q3: inflorescence type. A cone like H coronarium or spike like H coccinuem
Q4: foliage type: wide leaves, narrow, etc
Q5: preferred height
Q6: how important is fragrance
Q7: what features of current species/hybrids to you find unattractive or problematic etc
Not sure if you are still collecting 'data'
What got me started with gingers was the scent of the butterfly ginger. SO delicious! This is the first year I have had anything other than butterfly - I am hoping they are as fragrant as the one that got me hooked.
If they could come up with something that was "dog repellent" that would be great. My dogs love to eat them :/?
I presently have 12 different variety of ginger growing in post in my kitchen & dining room. Getting excited as I re'c them a few months ago and they are mostly all sprouting. One is already 4 ft tall! I think I lost 2 to root rot. I may have been able to save part of the rhizome. Time will tell.