I purchased this ginger plant about 4 years ago - supposed to have pinkish blooms, I think. It has done beautifully vegetatively over the years, and multiply like crazy. But nary a bloom. Anyone know the name of this one? It does have variegated leaves so that may help with the ID. I have H. coronarium and H. gardnerianum growing nearby and they bloom fine.
So, anyone has any suggestions on how to get it to bloom? I know that it is still early in the season, but if there is anything that I can do to encourage blooms, (I would be happy with just ONE), I would love to hear. Or does it take a few years for the Dr. Moy's to bloom? Thanks Tropicanna - that name does sound familiar now. I don't as a rule fertilize much - maybe once every year or so if I remember. Do they like a high phosphate fertilizer like most other flowering plants? I have split the plants several times since it was mutlitplying like crazy, and have it in two other spots, but still no blooms there. I have a gorgeous H. gardnerianum blooming next to the Dr. Moy, which I would assume like the same kind of environment.
in my limited experience, morning sun and filtered sun/afternoon shade are what hedychiums really want for blooms. There are also several threads on what to feed them on this forum, I use organic fertilizers, so a mix of bone meal (phosphorus-rich), wood ash (for potassium), and plant-tone (a mild all-around fert) is what I use, but I doubt few people would go that route. but yes, you do want something that has more phosphorus and potassium than nitrogen for blooms.
I suspect that since you divided your Dr. Moy this year that may prevent it from blooming, but I can't be sure of that, I've had mine for 2 years, no blooms yet but I moved some to a better morning sun position so hopefully next year at least :)
I've recently moved but I had my "Dr.Moy" in full sun all day. I'm in the lower part of zone 8b. I had to water it like crazy during the summer months but I always got blooms even with very little fertilizer. So in my experience lots of sunshine and water. If they don't get enough water the leaves will start to burn. My mother and MIL both have theirs in full sun as well and they both get blooms on every stalk. Moving this particular ginger doesn't even bother the blooming. I recieved my start as a two foot stalk. I didn't cut it back. I planted it and watered everyday, kept the soil wet and my start bloomed. So water, water, water!!!
Tropicana - thanks for the link and great information.
GSkinner - I have to admit that I have not watered that particular area of ginger that much since the bottom half is pretty much in the shade (the ginger is located between a fence and a brick planter). I'll give that a try. The sun is not too bright there as the leaves are not burnt. The stalks are over 5 feet tall, and I do have one patch that I have not disturbed for about 3 years. I dig out the stalks on the edges because it multiples so fast and doubles in size every year. Now, if only they will channel some of that energy to blooms LoL.
Mine did nothing until I put it in full sun here. It blooms within a few months in the new location. It is currently being shaded by a white beauty berry I need to cut back because it is bending over backwards to reach the sun and hasn't bloomed this year yet.
I took this picture of my MIL's Labor Day weekend. She lives an hour north of New Orleans. I looked at my mothers the other day and hers has been blooming for quite a while now. Today I walked down the hill to try and find a bed I planted last fall and I have one I planted and its about to bloom. We built a now house and that bed was almost completely covered in weeds and morning glories taller than me. It was a little scary trekking down there to it (snakes). All I could see was my banana plants growing out of the top of the weeds. It was a mess. I got it all cleaned, now I'll probably get some burned leaves but I'll get to see the blooms hopefully. Since the ginger hasn't had any attention or extra water it's not near as tall as it should be but it still has some buds. I'll go get a picture of it in a minute. Here's MIL ginger.
Well, I came back from vacation at the end of September. No sign of any bloom. Now here we are at the end of October and here is what the plant looks like. So, guess there will be no bloom yet again for another year. I will replant some in full sun next year and see what happens. They grow so fast in their present location that I have plenty to dig out.
I was wandering around my garden a couple of days ago and look what I found!!!! A bud on the Dr. Moy. Keeping my fingers crossed that we will not have frost until it gets the chance to open. Does it open in cold weather???
Hi Budgielover - it is probably a matter of us having a mild fall, and it is finally getting a bud right now. Normally, we would get some close to freezing temperatures and the tips of the plants get distressed and consequently, no buds are formed.. So, the solution is to move the ginger next year to a sunnier location so that it will form the flower buds earlier. But, it is good to know that my plants ARE capable of budding.