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OldGardener
Jun 25, 2014 11:15 AM CST
I notice that when I go to the plant database, there are some plant families listed under "Visit our custom databases:" followed by "The rest, alphabetically:". Could a link to gingers be added? (There isn't a hedychium option, either)
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dave
Jun 25, 2014 11:32 AM CST

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We don't have a custom database setup for gingers but I'm glad to have one added. @eclayne is our resident expert on creating custom databases if my memory serves me. Green Grin!
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OldGardener
Jun 25, 2014 11:38 AM CST
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
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eclayne
Jun 25, 2014 11:47 AM CST

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I'll work on this tonight. Thumbs up
Evan
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OldGardener
Jun 25, 2014 11:53 AM CST
you are the best Big Grin
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eclayne
Jun 25, 2014 11:55 AM CST

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Thank You! Big Grin
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eclayne
Jun 25, 2014 5:51 PM CST

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These are ready for you @dave.

Please make Gingers (Zingiber) a Parent Plant and name Gingers.

Please make Ginger Lilies (Hedychium) a Parent Plant and name Ginger Lilies.

Thanks.
Evan
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 25, 2014 7:23 PM CST

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Thank you so much, Evan, for putting these together! Thumbs up I've marked them per your request.
So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
Jun 25, 2014 7:32 PM CST
Thank you so much. I went to the database and was wondering f I could ask for one more favor? Big Grin Is there any possibility of adding the links to the "The rest, alphabetically:" list or aren't there enough types to warrant their own "The rest" listing?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 25, 2014 7:49 PM CST

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OldGardener, that list is updated each night during the wee hours of the morning, so by the morning they'll automatically get added. Thumbs up
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OldGardener
Jun 25, 2014 7:50 PM CST
Dave, how do I ever thank you? You and Evan are great!
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Jun 25, 2014 9:07 PM CST

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Dave, thanks for making these Parent Plants and thanks for the request OldGardener.
Evan
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 26, 2014 6:33 AM CST

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I tip my hat to you. to both of you!
So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
Jul 15, 2014 12:22 PM CST
I went to the ginger flowers listing today and was wondering if you could add the genus alpinia to the group? Thank you Big Grin
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dave
Jul 15, 2014 12:56 PM CST

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Here is Alpinia:

http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/alpinia/

The top plant is the parent/main entry.
So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
Jul 15, 2014 1:05 PM CST
I apologize for being vague. When I select "ginger flowers" from the list of custom databases and then search for alpinia, there are no returns. Currently, it appears that only Hedychiums are listed in the "ginger flowers" custom db - no costus or alpinia to be found. Is it possible to add these?
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Jul 15, 2014 1:21 PM CST

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What do we consider "Gingers"?

All of family Zingiberaceae? There's quite a few genera and Heliconia is in a different family (Heliconiaceae). Here are a few links to further the discussion. I don't grow many "Gingers" (gifts/trades within our community).

http://www.heliconia.org/plants_index.html
http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/browse/tree/id/17691103
Evan
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So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
Jul 15, 2014 1:30 PM CST
I would think costus as it is known as spiral ginger and alpinia (shell ginger). Heliconia, I thought, is more commonly thought as lobster claws or false bird of paradise. In my recent shopping, I keep seeing alpinia/costus/hedychium and zingiber being listed as the generic "ginger" group and they are frequently listed in a category labeled as "Ginger/Heliconia" or "Gingers and Heliconia" when heliconia are available for purchase, also.
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Jul 15, 2014 5:20 PM CST

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My mistake for mentioning Heliconia. I'd like to take some time to review the tropical gingers.
Evan
So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
Jul 15, 2014 6:08 PM CST
Thank you, Evan.
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln

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