Hi, this is another ginger that just started blooming for us. I received the seed from a swap and have no ID for this. It took a few years to get established before blooming. Any ideas from looking at the photo? As you can see, the blooms are red. There is no fragrance. The seed pod becomes an obvious round shape.
I can tell you it is not the Costus Sp. Red Rose. I couldn't tell from the photo in the second link you posted, but the first link has a larger photo and I could tell that ours definitely isn't that one. Ours has more of a canna indica type bloom and not the cone shape red flower like the Costus. Thank you though :)))
Ours has one seed pod forming now. It started out as a little 1/4" round sac and now it is at least 3/4 or one inch large. I'll take a photo and post it asap, that may make it more recognizable.
I got the seeds from a DG in LA...she told me it was a red blooming ginger. You know I was thinking as I typed the last note, that I wonder if it is possible that it actually IS CANNA INDICA or something like that??? Wouldn't that be funny. The seeds she sent me were round, large and black - very much like a canna seed.
Well, it is growing indoors in our great room by a glass sliding door. I still didn't get another photo. I'll try to tomorrow. Plus, I'll go back in my journal notes and make sure I didn't make a mistake.
In a current seed swap I did just request a ginger called "spiral ginger". I'm looking forward to trying that. Hopefully my luck improves with gingers! I messed up on the ID of my white ginger in the photo contest.
I appreciate all the help. Sorry about the mix up.
Spiral ginger is a loose term for the large genus Costus gingers. I may be mistaken (I probably am, LOL) but its not the normal method of propagation to grow Costus from seed. Costus can be propagated by rhizome division and stem cuttings (in warm months) but I haven't ever heard of seed grown plants. I know it has to be possible, but it's not the usual. It's pretty easy to grow Hedychiums (butterfly gingers) from seeds though.
gothqueen, I have never gotten seeds from my butterfly ginger. I didn't even know they produce seeds until someone told me - red seeds. So I waited this year for the plants to die out and no seed. Do I have to hand pollinate them for seeds? Mine multiply like crazy.
They might not travel all that well. Most tropical seeds from things like gingers, heliconias, alocasias and anthuriums have a very short "shelf life". I always plant mine as soon as I fond them. I just cut off the whole seed pod, open it up and bury the whole thing.