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Tropicals & Tender Perennials: Newbie to gingers but not gardening

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Katy, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 14, 2008
8:10 PM

Post #5671121

and I need to know if gingers die back to the ground in the fall/winter. If they don't they are going to get a drastic haircut as they are really looking ratty. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

Pensacola, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 14, 2008
11:43 PM

Post #5671996

My shampoo ginger died back last year but it came back up in the Spring and my white ginger which I do not know the name of stayed green through the winter so who knows.

Katy, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 15, 2008
5:37 PM

Post #5674821

Yeah, some of us have no clue. One DGer - can't remember who or what thread - said that one of the gingers she and I both have is one she called "Hidden Ginger" because the flower was hidden. That doesn't appeal to me because if they are going to have a pretty flower (and it was) I want to be able to see it. Otherwise, I see no reason to have gingers or any flower that is so hidden you can't enjoy it so the gingers may have to go in favor of something a little prettier. Thanks for the input. I appreciate it.

Lowndesboro, AL
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2008
11:06 PM

Post #5680463

Ann I'm in zone 8a and almost exclusively grow hedychium gingers. They do die back to the ground here in the winter, I pull the dead canes right off the rhizome in the spring. Easy cleanup. I could cut them back in the fall but I'm a lazy gardner and I let mother nature do all the work for me.
Katy, TX
(Zone 8b)

October 20, 2008
12:51 PM

Post #5693940

Thanks so much for the input!

Desoto, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 21, 2008
12:24 AM

Post #5696707

Randy, Jungle of the Heights, brought several gingers to us last April. They have bloomed and more importantly the aroma is wonderful. Not especially a "pretty" bloom but who care?

Chickenville, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2008
1:44 AM

Post #5710057

Many of them go dormant but I don't know if they 'all' go dormant.
I wonder if there are any kinds that don't ever go dormant?
Also if dormancy is triggered by daylength or by temperature? I guess I need to do more homework lol.

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