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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 7, 2015 7:08 AM CST
During the month of August I discount every single plant on my website 25%. I have to reduce inventory to make room for new arrivals in September. If you have interest in tropical plants and see a plant(s) on my website that you would like to have, now is the time to place an order. Just T-Mail me what you want and I will take care of the details.

Ken
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 7, 2015 2:54 PM CST
Shouldn't that be "Dawg days" ?? Hilarious!

Ken, is the "butterfly ginger" suitable for growing indoors ? Like, in my sunroom?
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 7, 2015 3:00 PM CST
Sandy, to be honest with you, I just don't know. I have only grown this plant outdoors and it seems to grow/bloom best with a minimum of 6 hrs. of sun. I do grow some of them in huge pots, but where those in the landscape (ground) will get 7' tall, those in pots only get 5' tall. I think that's only because growing in the ground allows a more constant source of moisture whereas growing in pots, regardless of the size, allows more dry periods.

I don't know how large your pot would be, but why don't you try growing the ginger that way and report back your success (or failure).
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Cinta
Aug 9, 2015 12:02 AM CST
Ken and Sandy if you do not mind I can offer my experience.

I grew it in a pot for three yrs. I brought it in to my sunroom at the end of summer and it would bloom inside. I also grew it in a big pot without drainage holes. The plant was so thirsty I think I could have grown this plant in my pond as a bog plant.

My summer was not long enough for it to bloom outside. One summer it did open one flower before I brought it in but that summer we had several 90degree temps
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 9, 2015 6:19 AM CST
That is truly great information, Cinta. I just knew someone did this (growing inside). Oddly enough, we are in the process of building a (huge) sunroom. I may just bring in one or two of my large ones and grow it/them in the sunroom (if my wife will allow it Whistling ). I have no room for them to overwinter in one of my greenhouses.

I put all my plumeria, pots and all, in a "temporary" greenhouse that I build in the garage and overwinter them all there. I heat that space to keep it above 40F. They are all dormant though. There is light from a window but no water for that 5 month period. Thus, they are leafless for those months.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 9, 2015 10:39 AM CST
My husband and I are moving next summer and after we get settled I plan to buy a couple B'fly Gingers to plant in containers for our screened pool area. I thought about planting a few in-ground but I've read that they can spread aggressively by those underground rhizomes so I figured I'd just keep them in containers around the pool.

@Weedwhacker Sandy, Is your sunroom heated during the winter? I think you should give them a try, as long as the rhizomes are protected over winter from extended freezes and extreme cold they should do okay.

Our database states that Butterfly Ginger (Hedychium coronarium) is suitable in 3 gal or larger pots. The Floridata site http://www.floridata.com/Plants/Zingiberaceae/Hedychium%20co... also says they do well in tubs and outdoor containers but with the proper warmth, light and water I think it may do well in a sunroom too.

Edited to add: Sandy, if you do decide to try this gorgeous plant in your sunroom I hope you will share your experience by adding a comment to the database.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 9, 2015 11:35 AM CST
The White Butterfly Ginger does spread by rhizomes, but because the rhizomes grow just beneath the soil (and in sub-tropical climates, sometimes on top of the soil) they are easy to cut back and thus control their spread. That being said, I have all my Canna (they do the same) and Ginger boxed in with treated 1x6" boards. One box is 3'x6', one is 3'x4' and one is 3'x8'. It just depends on the area in the landscape I am growing them in.

I also am growing a half dozen plants in huge pots (25-30 gal.) but this year is the first time to do that. I just wanted to see what they did. I haven't determined what I will do with those rhizomes for fall/winter though. I use these pots to grow my gourmet garlic, so those ginger have to be put somewhere else. I might just put them all back into their boxes in the landscape (which is where they came from).
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 9, 2015 12:49 PM CST
Lin, my sunroom is heated in the winter (and well insulated); a great place to be when the ground is covered with snow and the wind is howling outside! Smiling

Between Cinta and Lin, I've decided I really have to give it a try... and Lin, I'll definitely report on my results!

Sending you a t-mail, Ken Smiling
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 9, 2015 1:02 PM CST
I have answered your T-Mail, Sandy.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 9, 2015 4:11 PM CST
Got it and answered, Ken!

Now I'm excited about trying this... I'm going to try keeping one growing over the winter in the sunroom, and letting one go dormant and overwintering it that way. Smiling
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 9, 2015 4:19 PM CST
Oh, I just love experimentation, Sandy. Mine all stay in the ground, though I will cover them with a thick 6-8" layers of oak leaves. I don't know whether I even need to do that, but I have lots of leaves so I may as well use them.
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Name: Kurt Nehrbass
Buffalo, NY (Zone 5b)
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KurtMN
Aug 9, 2015 6:16 PM CST
Hey drdawg,

Would you have any psychopsis papillio or know someone that might have it? I would love to get another one.

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Cinta
Aug 9, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Sandy you will love it in your sun room. The fragrance it is soft enough to be indoors if you have any sensitivity to strong fragrance. It will be a nice winter comfort fragrance. Nice warm sun room with the tropics all around and look out over the snow with your cup of coffee or tea and enjoy.

My Gardenia bloomed heavy this year and I had to put it in a room that I did not go because it was too strong.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 9, 2015 7:05 PM CST
That sounds perfect, Cinta -- this is the "plant I never knew that I had to have," now I can't wait to get them growing!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 9, 2015 8:11 PM CST
I am sorry, Kurt, I do not.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 14, 2015 8:00 AM CST
My Butterfly Ginger plants are supposed to be here today! Hurray!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 14, 2015 9:32 AM CST
Good luck and do let me know how everything grows for you, particularly through the winter and then the spring.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 14, 2015 12:13 PM CST
Absolutely, Ken (if I don't manage to kill the poor things early on, that is... Rolling my eyes. )
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Aug 14, 2015 12:51 PM CST
It is really hard to kill these gingers, Sandy. Hurray!
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Aug 14, 2015 1:40 PM CST
Now THAT is really good news! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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