How to Care for a Pineapple Ginger Plant

Overview

Pineapple ginger plants (Tapeinochilus ananassae) are a member of the Zingiberaceae family and are known for their showy appearance. These low-maintenance plants bloom in shades of reds and yellows and can grow to a height of up to 8 feet. Pineapple ginger plants have blooms that resemble a pineapple, and their dark green foliage spirals up their stalk-like stem, giving them a tropical appearance. Because they require little care, pineapple ginger plants make excellent plants for gardens in USDA Zones 10 and 11.

Step 1

Plant the pineapple ginger plant in a medium-sized planting container, filled with moisture-retaining potting soil.

Step 2

Place the planting container in an area that is mostly shaded, and receives little sunlight throughout the day. These plants are usually found growing on the cool, shaded forest floor under the shelter of large trees and underbrush. Try to mimic their natural habitat for best growing results.

Step 3

Water the pineapple ginger plant frequently to keep the planting soil constantly moist to the touch. The plant will quickly wither if the soil becomes to dry in between watering sessions. Do not water the plant as much during the winter, the soil will not dry out as quickly during the winter months.

Step 4

Fertilize the pineapple ginger plant using an all-purpose plant fertilizer, once per week, according to the fertilizers package directions. Dilute the instructed amount by half with clean water.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium-sized planting container
  • Moisture-retaining potting soil
  • All-purpose fertilizer

References

  • Backyard Gardener: Tapeinochiloa Ananassae
  • National Tropical Botanical Garden: Meet the plants - Tapeinochilos ananassae
Keywords: Pineapple ginger plant, Growing pineapple ginger, Pineapple ginger care

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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.