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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 28, 2015 7:33 PM CST
i have shell ginger, varigated, under a grow light, sun leaves bulb. i was wondering how do you make it flower/ time outdoors in summer, better light, repotting/ect


thanks.
Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 28, 2015 8:33 PM CST
I'm a bit confused, you've asked this question a couple of times now. What is the information you are looking for that has not been addressed in previous answers?
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Feb 28, 2015 8:42 PM CST
it seems when i answer the post- pop a question - it gets ignored.
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Feb 28, 2015 9:02 PM CST
I grow it and it's relatively easy to grow, but mine has never bloomed. I don't know what triggers the plant requires to make blooms.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 28, 2015 9:09 PM CST
I think I didn't answer you before because first of all, you have the answers - lots of light, warmth, humidity fertilizer and plenty of water when the weather is warm.

Here's the thing, nobody wants to discourage you, but you're trying to grow tropical plants as house plants that really aren't all that well suited to being house plants. They need a greenhouse with tons of light (glass roof) warmth and humidity like what they have in nature to grow and bloom. They need to get big and grow healthy mature growths to bloom.

My variegated Alpinias have only bloomed for me after they're pretty mature. We had a couple of cold winters in a row where we got frost that killed them to the ground, and it then took them 3 years to recover and bloom again. They grow new leaves one year, then if the conditions are good and they don't die back from a cold night in the winter, those stems might flower the next summer.

Where you are, Minnesota, right? it's not unheard-of to get cold nights (below 50deg.) in May and even in August, right? So you have two months in between there for your plants to grow with good natural light and warmth, where my plants have 8 months of the year that they grow new shoots.

I think you will wait years, if ever to see flowers on those gingers. Sorry! Just my opinion. Anne? @Xeramtheum What do you think?
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 28, 2015 9:28 PM CST
You're right Elaine, Alpinias bloom on old growth unlike Hedychiums which bloom on new growth. They seem to bloom sooner in the ground. If I remember correctly, the bloom time for the Shell Ginger is late Winter, early Spring whereas the Hedychiums is late Summer into Fall.

If you're wanting a Ginger that does well in containers and look exotic, then you might consider the Globbas - they are exotic looking and bloom like crazy in containers. Their bloom time is around mid Summer and go dormant in Winter.

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