Growing ginger in zone 7

Dalton, GA(Zone 7b)

Hello everyone! I am new to trying to grow some tropicals in pots. I have had success with a few other plants, but I just got back from Hawaii and brought some different gingers back with me. I know they can't stay outside when it starts getting cold. Has anyone had success wintering over non-hardy species without the help of a greenhouse? I have an unheated garage and several bright windows. Any help would be appreciated!

Danielsville, GA(Zone 7b)

I'm in zone 7, and what I have goes dormant in winter, then returns.I'm no expert on gingers, but love them, and I am going to Hawaii this nov, and hope to get some plants.Is it tricky, or are you allowed so many, this will be our first and only trip their.LMK Mike

Dalton, GA(Zone 7b)

it's not tricky--I did it the easy way. They have pre-approved packages of cuttings everywhere--I just got those. They also had a nursery on one of the islands that would send actual plants home, but they told me the gingers would come up fine from cuttings...the cuttings are relatively cheap (about 2-3 dollars apiece) and you can take at least a whole carry-on full of plants home (that's what I did)--also got some plumerias and an air plant and a coffee plant and a couple of tree ferns :~) I loved the plants while I was there!

Danielsville, GA(Zone 7b)

Thanks, I know I will too.M

Knoxville, TN(Zone 7a)

I am just up the road from you and I have many of my gingers in the ground. All of my hedychiums have proved to be hardy for me (with a layer of mulched leaves during the winter).

I have tried pushing the zone a bit on many of the curcumas, and have found that some of them come back and others don't. So, I pop those out of the ground (dirt and all) and store them in the basement or garage for the winter. I let them go completely dormant and only give them just a tiny bit of water during the winter to keep the bulbs from totally drying out. The gingers have plenty of company during the winter as I store my brugmansias, plumerias, adeniums, and various colocasias/alocasias dormant.

Dancing Crane Zingiber has also proven to be hardy for me.

In the attached photo, you can see Dr. Moy just about to bloom. And the one with the red ribs/veins is one of my favorites, Zedoaria.

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Big Sandy, TX(Zone 8a)

Looking good Nat.

Dalton, GA(Zone 7b)

thanks--good to know I can store them in the garage as my house is already pretty full in the winter!

I love the big leafed plant in the background--what is that one?

Big Sandy, TX(Zone 8a)

That would be Alocasia.

Knoxville, TN(Zone 7a)

Rah, that one is Alocasia 'Calidora'

Hi Ken! :)

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Grantsboro, NC(Zone 8b)

you folks are giving me some hope. I have ordered some shampoo gingers and am om the Crystal Coast of NC so hope mine will grow.


Nashville, TN(Zone 6b)

I just found this thread. Nan...They are Beautiful!!!! I hope you aren't going to tell me that is this years picture. My Gingers are only a couple of feet tall. I did have my first Plumie bloom for the year this morning

The tropicals have always been my favorites. I love your Alocasia 'Calidora' That is now on my must have list. Where do you find your Gingers and the Alocasia?

I have three types of Gingers I don't know the names of any of them.
I dig up my red and gold Gingers for Winter but I leave the white (Butterfly?) in the ground and it does well for me.
Drop into the MidSouth forum folks would love your pictures.

Knoxville, TN(Zone 7a)

That picture was taken late last summer.

Most of my hedychiums are 4 to 5 ft. tall now.  Tai Mammoth is almost 6 ft already - - it gets REALLY big!  I've picked up several different gingers at round ups and have ordered from several different vendors.  Right now, Plant Delights has a good selection of different gingers (and alocasias and colocasias) that do well in our zones.  I cannot remember where I got my 'Calidora', but I think it might have been Becky and Brent's Bulbs.  

 None of my plummies have bloomed yet.  I knocked off one of my info's repotted one of them up and another plummie's info just dried up and fell off!  My adeniums are starting to bloom though.   That's the good  thing about having as many plants as I do - - when one is not doing well, there's usually another putting on a show.

I'll have to take some photos this week and post a few over in the MidSouth forum.  I lurk over there some but haven't posted much.

Grantsboro, NC(Zone 8b)

I am off to PDN site. I will have a fit if they have Shampoo gingers as they are close to our home in Raleigh.


Knoxville, TN(Zone 7a)

I don't think PDN has shampoo ginger, but they do carry Curcuma Zedoaria which has awesome foliage!

North of Atlanta, GA(Zone 8a)

I have my ginger in the ground too. The leaves die down in the winter time and I cover them heavily with pine straws for the winter. I think it depends on what kind of ginger you have. Also, I store my Plumeria in the garage in the winter.

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