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Posted 02 March 2007 - 07:06 PM

I'm interested to grow gingers, but I'm not sure what and where to get them?

Can you experts here introduce me to compact, small-sized gingers that do not require full sun? If there are such gingers, can you recommend places where I can get them?

Thank you. :)/>
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Posted 02 March 2007 - 08:37 PM

View PostNeverend, on Mar 2 2007, 07:06 PM, said:

I'm interested to grow gingers, but I'm not sure what and where to get them?

Can you experts here introduce me to compact, small-sized gingers that do not require full sun? If there are such gingers, can you recommend places where I can get them?

Thank you. :)/>


U can try out with either globba, kaempferia, scaphochlamys or boesenbergias, costus and calatheas.

These 2 nurseries did stock some of these gingers some time back. Have not been to any of them lately.
Ang Mo Kio Floral & Landscape Pte Ltd
Add: 15, Ang Mo Kio Central 2, Singapore 569664
Tel: 6459 8115
Fax: 6453 7435
Email: amkfl@singnet.com.sg

Hua Hng Trading Company (World Farm)
Add: 15, Bah Soon Pah Road, Singapore 769962
Tel: 6752 0500
Fax : 6752 2413
Email: huahng@starhub.net.sg
URL: http://www.huahng.com.sg
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Posted 02 March 2007 - 11:21 PM

i like to recommand the white ginger Hedychium coronarium. This is very easy to grow, just need some organic fertilizer time to time. very vigorous in flowering if it recieve bright light for few hours aday. No need full sun at all. Most of all its flower produce large amount of fragrant that is very light, airy and sweet that really lift the spirit all day long. Prince at Upp Bukit Timah usually has this and some other colored forms.

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q312/FireFly71/IMG_0212.jpg

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q312/FireFly71/IMG_0211.jpg

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 11:50 PM

Hi Neverend,

I need to ask whether you are intending to grow the gingers in an apartment setting or in the ground in an outdoor garden, because the conditions in these two situations are very different and can be misleading.

If I assume you are living in a highrise apartment, you need to make sure that your area receives at least filtered sunlight for at least several hours a day. The so-called shade in an apartment is too dark for gingers. The area is best to be not windy as winds will dry out your gingers. Special measures have to be taken to make sure that the area is humid too.

I may be wrong in this respect here. But I speak from my experience from growing some gingers here and there in my apartment corridor garden.

What Firefly recommended - Hedychium coronarium - is one nice ginger to grow. It is a highly fragrant ginger to grow. The buds are actually edible. U can also grow some of the smaller Costus species too.

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 12:14 AM

Hi, I love gingers myself and i keep many...

I grow them at home and they are easy to care for.

I recommend :

Cornukaempferia aurantiflora
http://www.asiaticgreen.com/CatPhotos/Gingers/tn_Cornukaempferia%20aurantiflora.jpg

Kaempferia pulchra
http://www.asiaticgreen.com/CatPhotos/Gingers/tn_Kaempferia%20pulchra.jpg

Kaempferia laotica
http://www.asiaticgreen.com/CatPhotos/Gingers/tn_Kae.sp_MiniPink.jpg

Kaempferia sp 'Silver Striped'
http://www.asiaticgreen.com/CatPhotos/Gingers/tn_Kae.sp5.jpg
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 12:57 AM

Hi there!

I love gingers too, and it's really great to see more people getting interested in them... And I do agree that you should give Kaempferias a try, cos they are pretty easy to grow, and a plus point is that most of them have very beautiful leaves! You should try those schaphochlamys too, really cool plants that's not being commonly grown...

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 09:29 AM

damn, shouldnt have opened this thread. :o/>
yup, Hedychium coronarim very fragrant... but better check your neighbours aren't allergic to scent
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:02 AM

View Postislaverde, on Mar 3 2007, 09:29 AM, said:

damn, shouldnt have opened this thread. :o/>
yup, Hedychium coronarim very fragrant... but better check your neighbours aren't allergic to scent


damn isla, i thot u no longer interested in such common white stuff. :lol:/>

Back to topic, Wilson did make some accurate comments on the requirements for gingers regarding the humidity and protection from strong gusts of wind. The families that I recommended earlier has species that grow up to ~ 1.5 feet in height and are compact sized. Calatheas and costus are less fussy and can be more tolerant of growing errors (esp costus with thick waxy leaves).

Have a good time shopping!
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:34 AM

Hedychium coronarim very fragrant?
Wow. Can this plant be grown in highrise - coontainer gardening? How big does it get?
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 11:39 AM

View Postwilson, on Mar 2 2007, 11:50 PM, said:

Hi Neverend,

I need to ask whether you are intending to grow the gingers in an apartment setting or in the ground in an outdoor garden, because the conditions in these two situations are very different and can be misleading.

If I assume you are living in a highrise apartment, you need to make sure that your area receives at least filtered sunlight for at least several hours a day. The so-called shade in an apartment is too dark for gingers. The area is best to be not windy as winds will dry out your gingers. Special measures have to be taken to make sure that the area is humid too.

I may be wrong in this respect here. But I speak from my experience from growing some gingers here and there in my apartment corridor garden.

What Firefly recommended - Hedychium coronarium - is one nice ginger to grow. It is a highly fragrant ginger to grow. The buds are actually edible. U can also grow some of the smaller Costus species too.

Wilson


I'm keeping them in an apartment setting, but I can give it some direct sunlight during the morning and evening for this part of the year, my area will have direct sunlight come April, and I'm intending to add a shading net so that my Phalaenopsis orchids don't burn. As for the wind aspect, it can get pretty windy here, but I intend to put the ginger below the balcony so it isn't exposed to the wind too much.

Thanks for the addresses DeTengs!

Firefly, may I know how tall and wide the Hedychium can grow?

amostkt, may I know where else can I get these gingers?

I'm amazed by the large number of replies! :lol:/>
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 12:32 PM

Hi,

I picked up some yellow ginger (with some green shoots already sprouting) from the wet market one day and just potted it... this is the outcome...

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t57/wlleong/flora/yellowginger03s.jpg

It flowers occasionally but the flowers only last a day...
What is this plant called?

WL
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 01:08 PM

Your plant is kaempferia galanga. Or 'cekur' in Malay.

U are smart in getting it from the wet market. U do keep your eyes peeled when u go grocery shopping.

I got my boesenbergia rotunda from NTUC! U will never know what's around the corner. :)/>
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 03:44 PM

I can't find any ginger plants in my area... :(/>
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 05:58 PM

View PostNeverend, on Mar 3 2007, 03:44 PM, said:

I can't find any ginger plants in my area... :(/>


:D/> which area did u search? did u go to the farms in AMK or WF?
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:06 PM

View PostdeTengs, on Mar 3 2007, 05:58 PM, said:

:D/> which area did u search? did u go to the farms in AMK or WF?


Not yet, I live in the Taman Jurong area. I wish there were farms in Sungei Tengah or Lim Chu Kang that sell such gingers...
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:46 PM

detengs psycho people about gingers ah? and btw I am interested in Hedychiums hor! The perfume is strong and nice! I just don't have space to grow any!
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 11:42 PM

Yeah! As long as the ginger doesn't grow like into a tree size and is easy to care for I want it. :P/>
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Posted 04 March 2007 - 01:50 PM

View Postislaverde, on Mar 3 2007, 10:46 PM, said:

detengs psycho people about gingers ah? and btw I am interested in Hedychiums hor! The perfume is strong and nice! I just don't have space to grow any!


OK OK i was just digging at u, sorry :)/>

Regarding the psycho part, no la, we must help spread the msg on the beauty of the Zingiberaceae family.
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Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:20 PM

View PostdeTengs, on Mar 3 2007, 01:08 PM, said:

Your plant is kaempferia galanga. Or 'cekur' in Malay.

U are smart in getting it from the wet market. U do keep your eyes peeled when u go grocery shopping.

I got my boesenbergia rotunda from NTUC! U will never know what's around the corner. :)/>


Thanks! I was wondering what it was called :)/>

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 10:06 PM

I just got a few ginger cuttings from light bulb, I can't remember the names already, but I remember that one of them requires more humidity.

Since I don't any experience in growing gingers, can you guys tell me what I should look out for to keep it alive generally (e.g light, humidity, watering)?

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