Hedychium greenii is a superb foliage plant, with maroon stems and undersides of the leaves, with the top of the leaf a dark glossy green. Hedychium greenii has a softer gently arching appearance than its spiky architectural relatives with large flowers that are a striking orange-red. Hedychium greenii is quite hardy but requires a sheltered position in full sun to light shade if to flower. Give a mulch for the winter if planted outside, to aide frost protection for the rhizomes. It may be worth trying it in wet areas and possibly as a marginal pond plant during the growing season as it is reported to naturally grow in marshy areas.
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: 1m
- Habit: Upright arching
- Foliage: Glossy green and maroon
- Common Names: Red 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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