Hedychium 'Pink Princess' is a fairly vigorous ginger plant quickly producing a large number of leafy stems topped with spikes of flowers having a beautiful pink-flushed white petals with a dark pink flame at the base, which also has an attractive scent. Hedychium 'Pink Princess' is a medium sized ginger usually reaching around a metre high in the garden and up to 2 metres if grown in a conservatory or glasshouse.
We recommend that it should be planted in a sunny sheltered spot in fertile moisture retentive soil. Like most gingers benefites from a good mulch in the autumn to protect it from winter frosts. In cold regions we recommend lifting the tubers in late autumn/early winter and dry storing the rhizomes in a frost free location. Alternately grow in a container and bring in during the colder months.
- Position: Sun / part shade, out of cold, drying winds
- Soil: Most soils
- Eventual Size: 2 metres
- Habit: Upright
- Foliage: Jungy
- Common Names: 'Pink Butterfly Lily'
For gingers grown in open ground, we recommend a thick layer of mulch to help reduce frost penetration. Planting gingers into raised beds with good drainage or incorporating some extra drainage into the soil when planting can overcome the problem of winter wetness. General fertilizer can be used as gingers are heavy feeders and when in growth feeding and watering can be critical to keep your ginger looking good and healthy. We would recommend adding organic matter each year and liquid feeding seaweed extract fortnightly during the growing period (also good for your home grown veg!).
For northern regions of the UK, other than the warmer coastal areas, the hardier gingers should be sited in full sun, with a deep mulch in the autumn, with the less hardy varieties being brought in for the winter. For southern areas, most varieties can be planted out in full sun through to full shade, with a good winter mulch.
Most ginger can also happily be grown in a container if your garden is on the cold side this is a good option it also allows you to bring the plant indoors prolonging the growingand flowering period. We use a good quality multipurpose compost with a little John Innes Number 3 added. Feed during the growing period with seaweed fertilizer.
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