Tropicals forum→who grows red ginger: alpinia purpurata?

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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Jun 2, 2018 2:51 PM CST
Went to HI for anniversary and brought back a small root of this...they were growing everywhere, including the airport.
Who grows these? I'm afraid the little root is not doing too well Crying

Would love to get some in trade if possible. Thanks.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Sep 19, 2018 12:54 PM CST
I used to grow them. I had several different ones, Red, Kimi, white, even a variegated flower... but I got rid of all of them because they are almost impossible to keep in check in the environment I had them in, and if grown in too close proximity to a lot of other large leaves tropicals they are magnets for scale and spider mites. Alpine purpurata grows like a weed if it is happy and spreads everywhere you don't want it to. You can look on eBay, people probably have some for sale on there. This was my Kimi pink in bloom
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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
In the beginning GOD created ...
Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Irises Composter Butterflies Bookworm
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piksihk
Sep 28, 2018 7:16 PM CST
Thks @Gina1960.
The little red root died but my pink is growing, it's up to 4 inches. Then my brother and sister-in-law brought me back another red one in 4" pot and it's looking good.
“For even the Son of Man/Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.””
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Sep 28, 2018 7:48 PM CST
They really don't require anything special except warmth. Do be aware that they are mealy bug MAGNATES inspect often and treat with Neem Oil if needed
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