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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
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Fred
Jul 14, 2011 9:58 AM CST
Kaempferia pulchra "Silver Spot"
I put a dime on the lower left leaf for scale



Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jul 14, 2011 12:50 PM CST
Beautiful, Fred. I'll have to take a few pics and get back here.

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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Jul 14, 2011 4:37 PM CST
Here is shell ginger in bloom:

Jim

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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
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Fred
Jul 16, 2011 1:14 PM CST
Planted three more different kaempherias today. They looked pretty bad after travel from Houston which took 5 days for some strange reason. I hope they'll start to grow again as the leaves look like they've had it.
Name: Fred Rump
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Fred
Jul 19, 2011 9:36 AM CST
I wonder if they'll make it. Should I cut the leaves off and wait for new ones to come out?

Kaempferia pulchra "Silver Spot"

Kaempferia "Grande"

Kaempferia "Satin Checks"

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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Aug 7, 2011 8:23 PM CST

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Hey Fred, how are those Ginger doing? Every time I visit the forum I coming here to look at that amazing foliage. There aren't many plants that I try, emphasis on try, to overwinter in pots but 'Silver Spot' definitely tops my list now.
Evan
Name: Fred Rump
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Fred
Aug 7, 2011 9:25 PM CST
Hi Evan,
despite the five days in the mail and the hot back of a mail truck, my gingers survived and are sprouting out new growth. I'm pleased. I had also ordered another kaempferia variety named 'alva' which they didn't have but I received a call yesterday from parched Texas that they found one and are shipping it. The nursery is struggling because their lake has dried up and they need to handwater everything lest everything dies. That's how the alva came into view.

My other big gingers and heliconias are all doing great and are in bloom.

Fred
Name: Evan
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eclayne
Aug 7, 2011 9:35 PM CST

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Glad to hear they're thriving! Couldn't find helconia here but did a Google image search. Talk about bringing a smile to your face. Almost needed to put on my sunglasses.

Ummm, "My other big gingers..."? Maybe 'Silver Spot' won't stay #1 for long.
Evan
Name: Linda
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Ibartoo
Aug 17, 2011 6:49 AM CST
I have several varieties of gingers but they don't bloom. Can anyone tell me how to get them to bloom?
Thanks, Ibartoo
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Aug 21, 2011 12:38 PM CST
When we were at Bok Tower they had these pretty plants I just loved think they were marked as false blue ginger. Do you know what I am talking about? I am having a bit of trouble finding one to buy.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Aug 21, 2011 3:45 PM CST

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Holly, it's Dichorisandra thyrsiflora.
Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Aug 21, 2011 4:34 PM CST
Thank you so much Bubbles. I will add that to my list for next spring.
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Aug 21, 2011 6:45 PM CST

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I take it this will be one of your greenhouse babies Holly? Big Grin
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Name: Holly
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HollyAnnS
Aug 21, 2011 7:17 PM CST
I will wait till next spring so it can summer outside. I am not planing on heating the GH this winter but I was thinking how nice it would be to move all my big tropicals there for the winter instead of lugging them into an upstairs room where they will be crowded. I know I have way too many to all fit in the living area.
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Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo) (Zone 10b)
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AlohaHoya
Aug 24, 2011 12:38 AM CST
D. thrysifolia likes more iron than most.... looks wonderful in a tropical garden and is one of my faves.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Aug 24, 2011 8:01 PM CST

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Because of our drought and high temps, mine looks nothing like your photo. It is blooming, tho, and has been since early June surprisingly.
Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Sep 2, 2011 10:29 AM CST
A good tropical nursery in the US is Zone 9 Tropicals in Houston....lots of gingers.
It's all about choices.
Name: Evan
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eclayne
Sep 2, 2011 11:18 AM CST

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I didn't recognize you without your "veil" Carol. Is that your granddaughter? Future Tropicals lover?
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Sep 2, 2011 2:08 PM CST

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Yes, I've been to Zone 9 Nursery. Afew years ago, Randy from DG had a swap at his house and it was around the corner from Wayne's. We had a good time in his backyard garden.
Name: Ginger
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gingin
Sep 2, 2011 2:47 PM CST
I have no luck with gingers Glare What do they prefere? shade (which I was told first try) sun or combo? Got some butterfly ginger at a swap. Were wonderful the first year.


After that NADA Angry Got a swap comming up in October and will most likely dig them up and give them away Shrug!
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