The Q&A Archives: Care Of Ginger, Verigated Leaves...long Stripes Of Yellow

Question: I bought one of your ginger plants at the end of the season,(I like foundlings, they are surprises) and wish to winter it over...there was no tag on the plant I bought (it was he last they had)in your pot. How much light, food, heat minimum(keep a colder home...) and last but not least.... watering....and oh, I big will it get?

Answer: You may have purchased an Alpinia zerumbet `Variegata` or variegated shell ginger. This is grown as a garden perennial in moist soil and full or partial sun outdoors in warmer climates where it will reach from four to seven feet tall (or more) and about four feet wide. As a houseplant, provide it with as much light as you can and keep the soil evenly moist. Average to cool household temperatures are fine. Fertilize regularly during the growing season with a water soluble fertilizer formulated for foliage plants and repot each spring and summer as needed. Also make sure to acclimate it gradually when moving it between inside and outside conditions. Enjoy your ginger!

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