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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 19, 2012 12:33 PM CST
Let's have a bunch of photos of gingers! My dear sister-in-law just sent a photo of a strange plant that I can only guess to be some kind of ginger. The leaves look that way, the flowers are????? purple with bright yellow bits! I'll see if she can post the photo here----

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tropicbreeze
Mar 20, 2012 1:28 AM CST
A photo would be good. It's always interesting to see another plant even if you don't know what it is. Smiling
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
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coconut
Mar 20, 2012 10:18 AM CST
How can I post a photo from my email? I'd love to.
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 20, 2012 10:43 AM CST
Save it to your computer first, after which it is a piece of cake to post it here.
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Mar 20, 2012 6:06 PM CST
coconut, Is your internet still down?
Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Mar 21, 2012 4:32 PM CST
I had several gingers in one bed, most of them required full sun and as the neighbor's trees have grown, that bed now only gets a few hours of sun. The only one that is doing well is the variegated shell ginger, I think it is Alpinia zerumbet. I'm going to move it when I can get some help to the upper bed where its height isn't a problem. Now it is kind of a pain as it hangs over the lounge chairs.


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The heliconia in that bed has not come back well, not enough sun. The one in another bed, which gets much more sun, is going well though and blooming like crazy right now. I don't know which one it is.

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My shampoo ginger is in the same bed with the heliconia. It has died back during the dry season but is now sending out lots of new stalks. Here are a couple of pictures from November when it was blooming.

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Mar 21, 2012 4:56 PM CST
Love the Shampoo Ginger!!
The picture in the second row looks like a Heliconia to me...
Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Mar 21, 2012 8:17 PM CST
Yes, it is a heliconia. Kind of related to gingers in my mind, they seem similar. Plus, I am so happy with all the blooms that I wanted to post the picture Lovey dubby

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tropicbreeze
Mar 22, 2012 12:14 AM CST
Yes, they're all related under Zingiberales. Includes bananas, costas and more. Here's some of mine. There's a few Alpinias and some Costas I haven't included.

These are called Beehive Gingers here. I've a couple of different colours.
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Cucurma australasica, our local native one. My C. rubescens hasn't flowered yet.


Torch Ginger. I have a couple of small white ones as well.


Shell Ginger
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"Dancing Ladies" ( Globba winitii "Ruby Queen").
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Cornukaempferia aurantiflora
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Heliconia rostrata
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Heliconia psittacorum
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 22, 2012 1:06 AM CST
Lovely photos Jonna and Zig! Thanks for sharing them! Now I know the name of the wonderful plant I loved and saw in Manila during my trip last year....a Heliconia!

This is the one I saw in Manila. Thriving quite well even during moonsoon rains:



Love the ginger photos...is it hard to grow them?
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Dutchlady1
Mar 22, 2012 3:44 AM CST
Love those Dancing Ladies and wish I could grow Torch Ginger!
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Mar 22, 2012 8:49 AM CST

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Beautiful photos! Can't wait for mine to bloom.
Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Mar 22, 2012 11:49 AM CST
Your shell ginger has much prettier blooms than my variegated one. The blooms on mine are pretty nondescript, it's the foliage that makes it dramatic. I still had the mariposa ginger (Hedychium coronarium) last year but it hasn't come back, not enough sun perhaps. I love the smell of it and I may have to get some and put it in a pot. I'm just now seeing the blooms being sold on street corners so I guess mine really isn't here anymore. Crying
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Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
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coconut
Mar 27, 2012 11:31 AM CST
That's it! My friend's ginger, Globba winitii.

http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week040.shtml

All the Globbas are pretty, but whatta name!
Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Mar 27, 2012 2:53 PM CST
I really love both of those 'dancing ladies'. The link you mentioned says you can grow them from seed, I wonder how hard it is. I can get seeds sent to me here and if it only needs 50% sun I have the right environment. I'm going to search for a seed source. Anyone know one that is reliable?
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Name: Jonna
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extranjera
Mar 30, 2012 8:15 PM CST
another pic of the heliconia blooms taken today.


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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Apr 13, 2012 9:46 AM CST
Tarev....that Heliconia you posted a photo of is H. rostrata....

Actually, heliconias are related to bananas.
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 10, 2012 9:41 PM CST
Hope all of you haven't abandoned this thread. I have a question about one of my hedychiums. I have a huge clump of the cultivar 'Dr. Moy' which is a lightly variegated one with pale orange flowers and a lovely scent. This is the 3rd or 4th year I've grown them, and they've always been beautiful and dependable.

This year, they are much taller than they've ever been - usually they're 4 to 5ft. but this year nearly 7ft. Also they're making stems with different variegations. See pics.

I'm just wondering if any of you have grown this type, and if you've seen the variegation change like this?
This is how they normally look, the usual variegation and flower.
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Here are a couple of the different sports I'm seeing this year.
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Elaine

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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Jul 12, 2012 10:34 AM CST
Nice sports!!!!
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 12, 2012 10:53 AM CST
LoL! I know, that's what everybody says. I'm kind of hoping I can propagate the left one. On the right one, the creamy half of the leaves burns in the sun. Not so great for Florida.

But I don't want to lose the original cultivar. Do you think maybe I should cut out and isolate the sports?
Elaine

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