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Question on hedychiums not blooming

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

i have about l6 hedychiums, most are new this year and I know it will be a couple years before they bloom but I do have 4 out there growing in the ground and only one of them blooms yearly for me. wanted to know why if they die down to the ground every year, why they won't bloom too well. I live in Arkansas and they die down to the ground every winter. but I have one that grows and blooms every season and it's living in the same conditions as the other 3 .

if they die to the ground will they not bloom the next year? I'm just wondering if it's worth it for me to grow hedychiums unless their potted. and even then putting them in the garage, most of the tops do die off them. Even when I had the greenhouse I cut them back because they fell over and didn't look nice but they still bloomed the next year for me when they were in pots.

what's the story on the hedychiums and getting them to bloom?

Greensboro, NC(Zone 8a)

kathy i am the least expert here but when i was in Ark, mine would die down every winter but they would still increase under ground and yes, bloom more the next year.

Saint Gabriel, LA

In nature there are both evergreen and naturally deciduous type of Hedychium. Fortunately many of the evergreen ones adapt well to being forced dormant every winter. The further north you go the later their season starts and the earlier it ends. You may have late season types that just aren't ready to bloom by the time winter comes. It could also be too much shade, lack of fertilizer etc.

Tim Chapman

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Tim made a very good point. I gathered each of them has their unique requirement. I've two that I planted in the front yard. Some years they both bloomed for me, other, not so much. For instance, this year. The two. 1) 'Eliabeth' bloomed for me, but its partner 2) 'Dr. Moy' didn't. I need to emphasize that both are planted outdoor, in the same condition. Partial SE dappled shade. No fertilizer (my bad). Most of my others that are in pots and being pampered indoor each winter, all have bloomed so far this year. These too received fertilizer on a regular basic. Some had more sun, other has more shade in various corner of the garden.

Also, I've one that is planted out in the garden, in deep shade. Those never has bloomed for me in years. It's time for me to contemplating moving these.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

Well, tim, it could be too much shade and lack of fertilizer I have them in shade for the most part and no fertilizer but once or twice a year. I'll do better in those departments. good to know they adapt well maybe i'll see some blooms from all varieties in a couple years, they certainly multiply well and come back yearly for me, when they do bloom, they fill my whole yard with fragrance.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Okay, I spoke too soon. I thought 'Dr. Moy' didn't bloom this year. Well the variegated ginger did bloom, only not as big and healthy due to lack of fertilizer (so far according to my observation).

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Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

I bet it smells wonderful too, mine aren't as far along as yours are.

(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

Hello all, I am here to learn as myuch as I can about Gingers. I live in zone 5 and I have a variegated shell ginger. I t's pretty small and I'm wondering if I have it in the correct type of soil. What's the best soil mix for Gingers? Mine are in peat, perlite, vermiculite and fir bark.I'm als wondering if GGs like to be in snug pots

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Interesting thread! I have a hardy white ginger (that is the only name I have for it) that I've had for 2 or 3 years. It has really done well. One little sprig is now a big clump and it blooms every year. It's blooming now. It dies back to the ground every year. It's in the sun. I have a variegated one in a pot that I have had for several years. It's in the shade and has never bloomed. Should the variegated ones bloom? Kathy Ann the one you gave me last year (I believe it was last year - could have been 2 years ago). I thought it was going to be a pink one but it did bloom and it was white. It died back to the ground last winter and it's in the shade.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

That white one is the coronarium white butterfly ginger. my dr moy has blooms on all the stalks all 3 of them lol never multiplies though not sure why, well i say that, but it does have one tiny new sprig coming up. my other gingers multiply well but don't all put off blooms. I got 6 or 7 new gingers this year, i'm going to leave them in the ground this winter, even though some of them have still not come out of the ground yet. I hope they come back for me next spring.

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