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Posted 02 January 2008 - 10:56 AM

View Postmm, on Jan 1 2008, 11:26 PM, said:

Yes, they can be overwhelming, and, especially if planted against a wall, the branches (or whatever they're called) tend to arch over, and shade the ground below it. It can be very graceful, but you have to be prepared to have the space for them, and the right type of understorey plants below them - right type of understorey plants being those that like damp shade, and not requiring much food, as Torchies are hungry feeders and quickly robs the soil of their nutrition. Hence, regular and generous feeding and watering (if the ground is not naturally moist) will be required.

Once they are established and well fed - they will flower for you. The pink variety tends to be more forthcoming with their rewards, but the red one's somewhat more reticent. By the way, as I understand it, they are more commonly used in rojak than in laksa, although I would think they might do nicely in laksa as well. hmmm ... must try shaving some into the next laksa we tar-pau back. :rolleyes:/>


Thanks for the info. I don't think my garden is large enough to accomodate the Torch Ginger though I love the fragrance.

With respect to laksa, the torch ginger is used in Penang Laksa (the sourish Asam-based laksa) and not in Laksa Lemak. Sorry I wasn't clear. :(/> :blush:/>
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 01:39 PM

View Postsuperfinefeline, on Jan 2 2008, 10:56 AM, said:

With respect to laksa, the torch ginger is used in Penang Laksa (the sourish Asam-based laksa) and not in Laksa Lemak. Sorry I wasn't clear. :(/> :blush:/>

I shall have to ruminate on that nugget of gastronomic revelation. :rolleyes:/>
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 02:17 PM

View Postmm, on Jan 1 2008, 11:26 PM, said:

Yes, they can be overwhelming, and, especially if planted against a wall, the branches (or whatever they're called) tend to arch over, and shade the ground below it. It can be very graceful, but you have to be prepared to have the space for them, and the right type of understorey plants below them - right type of understorey plants being those that like damp shade, and not requiring much food, as Torchies are hungry feeders and quickly robs the soil of their nutrition. Hence, regular and generous feeding and watering (if the ground is not naturally moist) will be required.

Once they are established and well fed - they will flower for you. The pink variety tends to be more forthcoming with their rewards, but the red one's somewhat more reticent. By the way, as I understand it, they are more commonly used in rojak than in laksa, although I would think they might do nicely in laksa as well. hmmm ... must try shaving some into the next laksa we tar-pau back. :rolleyes:/>



hi mm,

can you give examples of understorey plants that may do well under the torch gingers? thanks
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Posted 02 January 2008 - 11:17 PM

View Postmm, on Jan 2 2008, 01:39 PM, said:

I shall have to ruminate on that nugget of gastronomic revelation. :rolleyes:/>

To ruminate's a habit that's somewhat bovine,
Not for Man who was created to reflect the divine.
And to think, furthermore, on laksa, we opine,
Comes far too close to being porcine. :hysterical:/>
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 12:15 AM

View PostShireen, on Jan 2 2008, 11:17 PM, said:

To ruminate's a habit that's somewhat bovine,
Not for Man who was created to reflect the divine.
And to think, furthermore, on laksa, we opine,
Comes far too close to being porcine. :hysterical:/>


To be bovine is a state truly sublime,
And 'tis noble, and surely no crime,
To chew cuds, and languidly pass the time,
Till the cows come home to harvest the Key Lime.
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 02:44 AM

View Postmm, on Jan 3 2008, 12:15 AM, said:

To be bovine is a state truly sublime,
And 'tis noble, and surely no crime,
To chew cuds, and languidly pass the time,
Till the cows come home to harvest the Key Lime.



U guys are laughing at moi! *POUT!*

:(/> :ranting2:/>


*better make me a Key Lime Pie!
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Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:29 AM

View Postmamum, on Jan 2 2008, 02:17 PM, said:

hi mm,

can you give examples of understorey plants that may do well under the torch gingers? thanks

In my case, I didn't bother with understorey plantings. But it also depends on how large a clump you a planting. One of my groves was against an entire section of the retaining wall, and that grew so dense, I didn't even have to worry about weeds beneath it. My other grove was at the top of my rear terrace, and it's too high and not readily accessible so I didn't bother with understoreys in that as well.
But if you have only a small clump, I suppose you could complement it with other shade loving gingers (e.g. Globba winitii), or even begonias, I guesss. I think the better person to answer this might be Chongren, Islaverde or deTengs.


View Postsuperfinefeline, on Jan 3 2008, 02:44 AM, said:

U guys are laughing at moi! *POUT!*
:(/> :ranting2:/>

*better make me a Key Lime Pie!

No lah - Shireen's making fun of me, and I'm taking a dig back. You blog name's unfortunately the collateral damage.

This post has been edited by mm: 04 January 2008 - 10:01 AM

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Posted 03 January 2008 - 08:08 PM

View Postmm, on Jan 3 2008, 10:29 AM, said:

No lah - Shireen's making fun of me, and I'm taking a dig back. You blog name's unfortunately the collateral damage.


I see...hee! quite funny to read the exchange...tres poetic! :notworthy:/>
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