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#1 User is offline   islaverde 

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Posted 17 July 2005 - 07:11 PM

One of the variants, looks like a chrysanthemum flower

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Posted 17 July 2005 - 10:06 PM

Nice.
I have a pale pink and a white which are not as robust as the normal pink, and have yet to prosper to the point where they can flower. I have since gotte n a white from another friend, and his is very very robust, so I hope to see some bloom within the next 6 mths.
The red is a huge plant but doesn't flower as frequently as the pink, for me.
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Posted 17 July 2005 - 10:11 PM

A friend had a variant that has lotus-like flowers. Etlingera elatior cv 'Pileng'. Really beautiful.
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Posted 18 July 2005 - 10:14 PM

HortVet said:

Nice.
I have  a pale pink and a white which are not as robust as the normal pink, and have yet to prosper to the point where they can flower. I have since gotte n a white from another friend, and his is very very robust, so I hope to see some bloom within the next 6 mths.
The red is a huge plant but doesn't flower as frequently as the pink, for me.


I've a red...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v351/tengiber/1c768fe6.jpg

This has been flowering nonstop at my house for the past 2 years. The latest stalk hit the highest record so far in my home. ~1.3 meters in height.
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Posted 19 July 2005 - 08:17 AM

nice one! Yes, the red is a much larger plant and the inflor is huge compared to the pink. My pink is doing well, usually ard 3-5 inflor at any one time , and also flowering thru' out the year like your red. But my red is not happy amongst the pinks, so I may relocate it one day...
Do you get the sunbirds visiting the flowers?
I don't think the red inflor is eaten like the pink, is it?
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Posted 27 July 2005 - 01:08 PM

Beautiful!

Can it be grwon in lowland areas?
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Posted 27 July 2005 - 01:31 PM

Hi Rence,
My red and white grow well in lowland. But I guess if slightly cooler, they will do even better...but I find that 'cool' can sometimes be compensated by planting in partial shade ...

i have not tried the porcelain ones though... esp the one highlighted by islaverde...will try them too if i get them...i think they can be found in Thailand. not easy to find locally in malaysia or sgp.

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 01:56 PM

detengs, you want other shapes and colors, you need to go sg patani (hheheh.. dangerous i know!) or somewhere in Perlis or Kedah (Pudu Lake) or upper Perak. :grin:
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Posted 27 July 2005 - 02:15 PM

yeah...let's send rambo there... :shylaugh:

My frens from Chiengmai went there in a collection trip 2 years ago so I suppose they've already started propagating them... so safer to go Chiengmai if got time and money...
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Posted 27 July 2005 - 05:19 PM

aiyoh, why you mention chiangmai! another plants and orchid paradise! How about 3 pots of orchids for 100 Baht!? Or one bagged Zingiber at heliconiaparadise stall for 300 baht? heheh.
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Posted 27 July 2005 - 05:53 PM

one thing i think not so nice is the plants suffer somekind of thermal shock when they are transferred from Chiengmai to our lowlands.

My experience with some gingers is they need to spend some time adjusting to our weather. Some kapoot and some go into dormancy....
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Posted 13 September 2005 - 06:13 PM

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Hi Rence,  
My red and white grow well in lowland. But I guess if slightly cooler, they will do even better...but I find that 'cool' can sometimes be compensated by planting in partial shade ...  

i have not tried the porcelain ones though... esp the one highlighted by islaverde...will try them too if i get them...i think they can be found in Thailand. not easy to find locally in malaysia or sgp.

cheers,
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Hi! I tried buying some plants about 8 years ago and the plants just died.
Someone told me that it must be cultivated on a much higher elevation
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 12:54 AM

Hi guys, thanks for the tips on Etlingera elatior. Am searching for the red one for planting into my garden.

Hope one of you can tell me where I can get a rhizome of the red variety.

Or let me buy/trade from you.
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 02:42 AM

View Postislaverde, on 27 July 2005 - 01:56 PM, said:

detengs, you want other shapes and colors, you need to go sg patani (hheheh.. dangerous i know!) or somewhere in Perlis or Kedah (Pudu Lake) or upper Perak. :grin:



why must go there?
any where else in s'pore or south malaysia can get it?
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Posted 29 August 2011 - 01:24 AM

View PostdeTengs, on 18 July 2005 - 10:14 PM, said:

I've a red...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v351/tengiber/1c768fe6.jpg

This has been flowering nonstop at my house for the past 2 years. The latest stalk hit the highest record so far in my home. ~1.3 meters in height.


Hi. Any chance you could sell a pierce of your beautiful deep red Etlingera to me? Very keen on gardening.
mfleee@singnet.com.sg
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:09 PM

View Postkw3822, on 24 August 2011 - 02:42 AM, said:

why must go there?
any where else in s'pore or south malaysia can get it?


No one answered? Am keen to get one too!
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:39 PM

Most torches do very well in low land tropics , with the exception of E.venusta it prefers it slightly cooler . Struggles on the coast , but flowers well at even only 500m higher . eg in north Queensland it rarely flowers around Cairns , but will up at Kuranda .
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:37 AM

Hi,
I need advice pls. I'm S'porean living in florida & finally managed to get my hands on a rhizome with 2 small shoots of Pink Torch Ginger. What is the best way of planting this? Does it need root hormone? Should I plant it in a pot 1st, use potting mix? If it can go in the ground, does it need composted manure? Thanks.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 07:48 PM

Am i correct to ask that if we want to plant torch ginger, we should get the ginger bulb, like all ginger?
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Posted 27 July 2012 - 09:43 AM

View Postfeztus, on 21 July 2012 - 07:48 PM, said:

Am i correct to ask that if we want to plant torch ginger, we should get the ginger bulb, like all ginger?


yes, it is the rhizomes. There are seeds from mature plants if you want to plant those.
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