Gingers

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Gingers

Post by Cardiffcol » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:31 pm

What Gingers can be left outside in the ground through winter without protection? In the UK.

Neil Ziemski

Re: Gingers

Post by Neil Ziemski » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:49 pm

Tara possibly, I say possibly as it depends on the winter.
Assam orange is another, but I play safe and over winter the lot, I have five or six types.
Neil

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Re: Gingers

Post by Mick C » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:24 pm

Assam orange survives the worst winters for me, I just give it a mulch, as does Cautleya spicata. I've tried and failed with quite a few others.

flounder

Re: Gingers

Post by flounder » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:32 pm

Erm, all of mine! I'm in a milder area so get away with a lot plus I'm too lazy to keep digging them up.
Assam Orange, coronarium, spicatum and greenii are the ones I have at the mo

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Post by Mixed moso » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:17 pm

Assam Orange is extremely hardy. Cautleya spicata, lutea and gracilis. Roscoeas are lovely if you want smaller hardy gingers.

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Post by Cardiffcol » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:46 pm

Thanks all! I have just purchased some Cautleya spicata seeds on eBay. They say it can flower the first year from seed and it looks like it has nice jungle looking leaves. Perfect!!!

GREVILLE

Re: Gingers

Post by GREVILLE » Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:46 pm

Hedychium forrestii has remained in one spot in the garden without protection for the last fifteen years.

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Re: Gingers

Post by Kristen » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:49 am

Cardiffcol wrote:What Gingers can be left outside in the ground through winter without protection? In the UK.
I think part of the leave-them-out consideration is getting them to flower - before the Autumn turns into frosts.

Leaving them under cover until July, even, can bring forwards flowering by a month, otherwise risk that they flower too late to be able to enjoy.

I cut mine to bring the stems into the house when frost threatened - when was that? Some time in November I think. The flowers have finished but the leaves are STILL in a vase in the house looking nice and green :)

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Re: Gingers

Post by sanatic1234 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:47 am

I had spicatum planted for two years before lifting it last year, only because all my hedychiums are getting planted in a new position this year. I may even leave greenii outside this winter and auranticum.

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Post by Mr List » Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:06 pm

which of the hardiest ones can handle the most shade?

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Re: Gingers

Post by Leigh » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:46 am

Mr List wrote:which of the hardiest ones can handle the most shade?
I grow most of my gingers mainly for the foliage to add to the Jungle effect, flowers for me are secondary.
In deep shade and bang hardy for me are Hedychium forrestii and greenii, Cautleya spicata is another good one for me and
Hedychuim densiflorum (Assam Orange) seems to prefer more sun.
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Re: Gingers

Post by Mr List » Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:09 pm

I wonder if our idea of deep shade is very different.

greenii and aurantiacum both withered to almost dead in, like, half shade for my garden

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Post by Leigh » Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:17 pm

Mr List wrote:I wonder if our idea of deep shade is very different.

greenii and aurantiacum both withered to almost dead in, like, half shade for my garden
No direct sunlight and only dappled light ?
But they do get plenty of heat, water and feed
Leigh

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Re: Gingers

Post by call » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:42 pm

hedychium- most varieties
roscoea- most varieties
cautleya- gracilis, spicata
zingiber-moiga
alpina-japonica

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Re: Gingers

Post by GREVILLE » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:30 pm

Cautleya for me didn't behave as it should, Survived outside winter 2011-12 and flowered the following season. Lifted before the following winter pending a new home and it died in the frost free greenhouse.

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