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Hedychium spicatum

Spiked Ginger

This small ginger is native to mountain forests from the Himalayas to southern central China between 1500 and 2100 m. The leafy shoots produce a terminal inflorescence with dainty, white and red flowers in summer. In cultivation it likes a spot in filtered light and prefers a temperate climate. It is deciduous in winter and with mulching is hardy to USDA zone 7.

 
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The first two seeds of this type of ginger germinated in just over a month in a warm place on my dining room table. They had a plastic bag over them for that month. I removed the bag once the tiny leaves began to open. They are now looking healthy but are slow growing. I am still waiting for the rest of the package of seeds to sprout! That is why I said "Don't know" above for length of time to germinate.
Submitted on 15/02/2013 by Gordon Harris

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Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

 
       
 
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches


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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.


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