Cautleya spicata 'Robusta' is one of our favourite hardy gingers, this Cautleya only grows to around 1m high producing masses of dark green jungly leaves against burgundy red stems, it the garden it rapidly forms small elegant clumps with multi stems each producing a spray of golden orange flowers from late summer into early autumn.
The form Robusta in our opinion is the hardiest and had the best colour is a reliable grower in most UK gardens requiring little attention.
Originally from the himalyers, Cautleya spicata 'Robusta' will grow in conditions ranging from full sum to dappled shade in any reasonable garden soil. We would thoroughly recommend this lovely Cautleya for any jungle or architectural planting.
- Position: Partly shaded position
- Soil: any good garden soil
- Eventual Size: upto 60cm
- Habit: Columnar
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Common Names: Himalayan Ginger
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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Kennard on 25 Aug 2016
Vigorous without doubt! Thanks Bruce
Cris on 25 Aug 2016