Caring for the Flowering Ginger Plant
Ginger plants have made a name for themselves, there are many species of gingers from ornamentals used in gardens, landscapes and interior plantscape designs to edible gingers that are used to flavor foods and other treats.
But why I also love the ginger plant is it is famous for being used for medical purposes. I remember as a child my parents would often us the edible ginger to make a tea for health-related issues. The edible ginger is well known for its health benefits and is used widely to promote natural healing. However, in this article, we will be looking at the growth and the care of ornamental gingers with their dazzling flower bloom.
I have worked with ornamental gingers both on garden and interior plantscape projects and to be honest with you these babies can work wonders bringing much delight with its charm as it blooms in all of its splendor. From what I have experienced the ginger plant is easy to grow and care for and will give you a BANG for your BUCK. Following these steps which are laid out will ensure that you have success with the growth and the care of these plants.
When growing gingers outdoors look for an area which gets partial sunlight. Installing gingers in direct sunlight will cause the leaves to burn or turn brown.
The soil type should be a soil that drains well but holds the right amount of moisture because gingers love moisture, adding compost or organics will help to build or condition the soil.
When watering gingers allow the soil to dry out a bit before giving your gingers another drink. Don’t overwater gingers which can lead to root rot.
The use of a fertilizer that encourages flower bloom will keep your gingers looking their best.
Garden insect pests of the ginger plant
Though the ginger plant is exotic it has its share of garden insect pests which can do much damage. Among these host of pest are.
- Red Spider Mites
- Army Worms
- Cut Worms
Word of caution
To keep your gingers growing healthy, follow maintenance practice, remove dead any diseased leaves keeping the surrounding area free of debris and keeping a watch for the first signs of pest and taking immediate action to eliminate them.
Ginger plant diseases
Keep an eye out for these diseases.
- Fusarium Yellows
- Root Knot Nematodes
- Bacterial Wilt
- Root Rot
Fusarium yellow is a disease which is encouraged by a fungus. Signs of this disease include stunted and yellow shoots, you may also discover that the rhizome once pulled may be dry rot.
Root- Knot Nematodes
The root-knot nematode is a tiny worm-like microscopic organism that lives in the soil. Root-knot nematodes will cause the rhizomes to have a lumpy appearance but this is no real threat to the ginger plant unless it is a server case.
Bacterial wilt is encouraged by bacteria, symptoms of this disease include wilting because this disease hinders your ginger from properly taking in or absorbing water along with nutrients. The leaves wilt from the bottom to the top.
Despite the amount of water you give your ginger it will be water stressed, the rhizomes take on a water-soaked appearance and you may also notice a discharge.
Root rot happens when either you are giving your gingers to much water or the soil is poorly drained. Signs may include yellowing and wilting of the leaves and there may also be an odor.
As far as Fusarium Yellows, Root Knot Nematodes, and Bacterial Wilt there is no cure why it is so important to prevent these diseases by keeping your ginger plants as healthy as possible by following proper maintenance practices as with Root Rot ensure that the soil has good drainage and cut down on the amount of water you are giving your ginger plants so that the soil can dry out.
Ideas on where to install them
Here are just a few ideas on where to install the ginger plant.
1. These garden beauties can be installed as a backdrop in a plant bed
2. Use gingers as a specimen plant.
3. Line ginger plants alongside a wall.
4. Plant gingers alongside a fenced area.
5. Install them in a pond area.
6. Plant gingers on either side of your front door entrance.
7. Align them along a garden path walkway.
8. Place gingers in containers and place the containers on your porch or patio.
9. Place them in containers around the poolside.
Growing ginger plants in containers
When growing gingers from containers choose containers with drain holes and that is large enough to grow your gingers. The soil type should be a soil which is organic rich and well-drained which hold the right amount of moisture but will allow excess water to drain through.
The gingers which are being grown from rhizomes should be about 3-6 inch in length, the rhizomes which are chosen should have eyes or growing buds. Once you have gotten rhizomes of this like place them in water for several hours overnight.
After installing your gingers in containers, give your ginger a good soaking because gingers love moisture. But be warned don’t overwater which can lead to root rot, allow the soil to dry a bit before giving your gingers another drink.
Fertilizing your gingers with an orgainc matter or an all-purpose fertilizer during the growing season will work wonders. Place the container or containers in an area which is partially shaded. The gingers which I took care of as an interior plantscape designer where I worked at a five-star resort where care for in such a way that they were so beautiful.
Growing ginger plants indoors
When growing gingers indoors install in an area that gets bright indirect light to avoid left burn. Keep the soil moist and not waterlogged and fertilize with a slow release fertilizer. Keep an eye out for pest and treat as stated earlier.
The final word
Ginger plants are so amazing although this post was not about the edible ginger but rather the ornamental gingers. These plants are great to have as a part of your garden, landscape, and interior plantscape design.
These flower plants will give a look and a sense of the tropics which is so amazing, the ginger plant is a gardeners choice and is loved by so many homeowners so give these babies a try, I am sure you will be glad that you did as you get a taste of the tropics.