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Jun 7, 2020 11:07 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
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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Aug 1, 2020 9:15 PM CST
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
Another beauty Kaempferia are new to me. How hard is it to grow?
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Aug 2, 2020 5:13 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
Not hard. It is a clumping type, but slow. I have a better photo I can take
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Aug 2, 2020 11:27 AM CST
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
Awesome. So is this the herb ginseng?
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Aug 2, 2020 1:37 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
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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Aug 2, 2020 1:48 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
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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Aug 3, 2020 7:17 AM CST
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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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Aug 3, 2020 8:17 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
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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