How to Plant a Red Ginger Plant From a Root Cutting

Overview

Red ginger (Alpinia purpurata) is a flowering tropical plant, native to Malaysia, that grows from a rhizome similar in appearance to the ginger you purchase in the grocery store. The plant can grow to 15 feet in height but generally stops growing at 6 feet. It's sole flower, called an inflorescence, may grow up to 12 inches long. Red ginger has a high humidity requirement, and outside of the tropics should be grown in a greenhouse. If you live within its USDA Hardiness Zone (10b and 11), red ginger will thrive when planted in the garden.

Step 1

Fill a planting pot with equal parts of pre-moistened peat moss, potting soil and vermiculite. Create a 2 inch deep planting hole in the center of the pot.

Step 2

Dust the red ginger rhizome with fungicide and place it in the planting hole. Cover the rhizome with soil.

Step 3

Place the pot in an area that remains above 60 degrees F and out of direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist, not saturated.

Step 4

Transplant the red ginger plant into the garden when it reaches 1 foot in height. Choose a sunny area and mix 3 inches of compost and 3 inches of sphagnum peat moss into the soil prior to planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Red ginger root cutting (rhizome)
  • Planting pot
  • Peat moss
  • Vermiculite
  • Potting soil
  • Fungicide
  • Compost

References

  • University of Hawaii: Ornamental Ginger, Red and Pink
  • Texas A&M University Master Gardeners: Gingers
  • "Container Gardening in Hawaii: How To Grow Paradise In A Pot"; Janice Crowel; 2007
Keywords: plant ginger root, red ginger root, propagate red ginger

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