Alpinia zerumbet - shell gingerBack in stock: Now
Tropical foliage plant with lush gold-striped foliage and shell-like flowers through summer. Gives a bright jungly feel to frost-free gardens.
Flower image: Brewbooks via Flickr cropped to size
Alpinia zerumbet - variegated shell gingerDESCRIPTION: Large, upright subtropical understory plant with large variegated foliage striped green and gold; and pink and white bicolour shell-like flowers.
USE IN: Plant as a showy feature for tropical style gardens. Keep as a container plant in cooler climates, moving pots to a sheltered location through winter.
LOCATION: Plant in free draining soil in a full sun to part shade location. Prefers a position protected from harsh afternoon sun and frost.
CARE: Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Water regularly during dry periods. Prune stems to the ground if plants become untidy, new shoots will replace those removed. Fertilise regularly using an organic liquid fertiliser for lush new growth.
HEIGHT & WIDTH: 2-3 m H x 2 m W.
YOUR PLANTS: These plants are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The average size of your plants will be 15 -25 cm including the pot height of 80mm high and 42 mm wide.
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