Growing Hedychium - Knowledgebase Question

Camden, NC
Question by lcrocker
October 26, 1998
What is the best time to plant hedychium, and what kind of soil, sun conditions and so forth do they prefer?


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Answer from NGA
October 26, 1998

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Hedychium, commonly known as Ginger lily or Butterfly lily, are harlf-hardy plants with broad, lance shaped leaves and spikes of fragrant flowers. Plants grow 2-12 feet tall, prefer sun to part shade and rich, moist, but well draining soil. Plant rhizomes in early spring when soil is still cool (light frost won't hurt them), or in the autumn, if you're dividing plants. Amend the bed with plenty of aged manure or compost prior to planting.

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