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Alpinia purpurata 'Jungle King'

#1 User is offline   boonboon 

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Posted 29 July 2005 - 09:23 AM

I am surprised that my Jungle King spiked as I potted it in a barely 8 inch pot due to space constraint. I am told that this one needs to conquer my balcony before it will even think of blooming for me. Both pictures are taken early this morning. The cane is about 1 foot tall and there are about 8 canes in the pot. The sun might have helped it to bloom.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing01.jpg

Looking at the inflorescence, it might turn out to be a jungle prince instead. :blink:/>

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing02.jpg
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Posted 29 July 2005 - 09:31 AM

Wow Boonboon! congrats! I am jealous! mine is about that tall but all green and no blooms. Sigh, you really have green thumbs!
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Posted 29 July 2005 - 09:48 AM

I would think the sun has helped me a great deal in blooming this ginger. If you would notice, the leaves are yellowish due to too much sun. The other cane on your right hand side facing outside is also spiking. No sun, no blooms.
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Posted 29 July 2005 - 10:49 AM

Hey, I think the leaves in your specimen are very nice also.
Pls post ur pic for us when it's in full bloom.

I really admire those pp who plant them in Hawaii or cooler regions where their purpurata an grow taller up till our shoulder heights !!!
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Posted 29 July 2005 - 11:30 AM

This plant also comes in red, pink and white highly fragrant blooms?? And new plants can be gotten on the old flower stalk when it has finished?
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Posted 29 July 2005 - 01:19 PM

deTengs said:

Hey, I think the leaves in your specimen are very nice also. Pls post ur pic for us when it's in full bloom.

Sure. I will post pictures progressively in this thread till it is in full bloom.
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Posted 31 July 2005 - 11:19 AM

Jungle King has no problems growing in our climate- but may take a while to reach blooming stage. Mine took about 3 years in the ground some more, before it started blooming. It was about 6-8 feet tall then! Blooms are nice big and plumpy to the touch- very cuddly. It's quite a feat I think for yours to be blooming in a pot boonboon!!
A word of caution though, my plant and my friend's (who is a very good gardener and avid collector of gingers/heliconias) died back after several years, and no matter what you try to do with the plant or with the ground, it withers! It's not only the soil that's exhausted but something happens to the group of rhizomes. It's very strange. I don't know anyone else who grows this, so I can't say if it's just bad luck on our part. But other gingers I've grown don't exhibit this sort of deterioration. This friend also had the other forms like "Kimi" and "Jungle Queen" but they did not last - Jungle King is more resilient here it seems.
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Posted 10 August 2005 - 12:00 AM

Just to update u all on the jungle king which has grown a little. This pic was taken on National Day.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing03.jpg
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Posted 10 August 2005 - 08:21 AM

Mamat said:

This plant also comes in red, pink and white highly fragrant blooms?? And new plants can be gotten on the old flower stalk when it has finished?


Blooms not fragrant. One bloom one stalk. Bloom fades, time to cut off the stalk.
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Posted 22 August 2005 - 10:53 PM

This picture was taken today morning on 22 Aug 2005 and it turned out to be a jungle baby prince :grin: as the bracts have stopped growing and flower buds are visible by now.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing05.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing04.jpg
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Posted 22 August 2005 - 10:57 PM

congrats boon! plants really love you I can see.
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 08:02 AM

congrats! It'll increase it's rank and will be a king next time it blooms!
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 01:47 PM

Really ah? Even with the same pot? Me feeling a bit puzzled.
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Posted 03 September 2005 - 11:03 AM

The white flower bud finally opens this time. As you can see, the other buds fail to open and turn brown the following day. :cry: Don't know what's wrong. As Islaverda has commented, the flowers are scentless.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing07.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing06.jpg
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Posted 03 September 2005 - 01:48 PM

I don't know what really happened to the flowers failing to open, but often with heliconias and gingers, the first bloom may not be as strong and so, may nt grow 'normally'. each new subsequent shoot should be thicker and grow taller, and the bloom associated with it shd be larger as well
Just make sure it doesn't run out of space in the pot, as they tend to "walk" a bit. Myabe u can use a wide shallow pot rather than a normal one?
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Posted 26 September 2005 - 06:15 PM

Here is a closeup of the flowers.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing003.jpg

Also another cane is spiking soon...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing002.jpg
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Posted 05 May 2011 - 11:48 PM

View Postboonboon, on 26 September 2005 - 06:15 PM, said:

Here is a closeup of the flowers.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing003.jpg

Also another cane is spiking soon...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v330/boonboon0406/Others/AlpiniapurpurataJungleKing002.jpg


How does these propagate? stem cutting? how often will they bloom? what are the conditions for them?
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:29 AM

Where can I get alpinia plants in sg? Anybody has extra shoots or plants for sale or exchange ?
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