Anyone know where I can get a Red Ginger plant (Alpinia purpurata)? I'd like to try growing one as a houseplant since I'm in Cleveland, OH. I've called around to a few florists/greenhouses and can't find any place that carries them in the area, so I will probably have to order online. Just wondering if anyone has ordered one and had a good experience with it.
I also saw red ginger for sale on ebay. While I have had excellent success purchasing plants on ebay, it is something of a risk. By the time the plant blooms (allowing you to verify that it is what you wanted), that particular ebay merchant may be long gone. Best to choose a vendor with a high rating, although even that may be misleading when dealing with plants, since, there again, customers who left feedback probably had to do so long before the plant bloomed.
While I was looking around, I also found red ginger for sale at:
You can probably find additional vendors for this plant using google. Please note that I've not purchased from any of the specific vendors listed here. With a little luck, maybe someone else will come along who has purchased reg ginger and who will be able to give you better information and recommendations.