Variegated Foliage forum→Kaempferia gilbertii 3D

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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 7, 2020 11:07 AM CST
Signal flower on the 3D and the first leaf breaking ground...this one is ALWAYS the last to emerge of all my Kaempferias
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Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Aug 1, 2020 9:15 PM CST
Another beauty Kaempferia are new to me. How hard is it to grow?
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Aug 2, 2020 5:13 AM CST
Not hard. It is a clumping type, but slow. I have a better photo I can take
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Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Aug 2, 2020 11:27 AM CST
Awesome. So is this the herb ginseng?
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Aug 2, 2020 1:37 PM CST
No, its a Kaempheria ginger. There is a species called gilbertii, and a much more colorful variety of that species called gilbertii 3D
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Aug 2, 2020 1:48 PM CST
This is the clump today. Its not a fast spreader. It can take several years to get a nice clump, because of course these are deciduous and go dormant in winter
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Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Aug 3, 2020 7:17 AM CST
Slow is good. That means you have room for more plants.
So these you can grow outside in FL? Nice variegation.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Aug 3, 2020 8:17 AM CST
Yes we can grow all the Kaempferias, Curcumas, Hedychiums, most of the Alpinias, many of the Costus outside here. We cannot grow the Etlingeras in my zone reliably. There are some COstus and some Alpinia that are iffy here but most of them are fine.
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