The small, inconspicuous, tubular, white flowers emerge from between colorful floral bracts on terminal flower spikes. Young plantlets emerge from the base of the old inflorescences and can take root if they touch the ground. The flowers are occasionally followed by rounded seed capsules. The leaves are green, alternate, sessile, and oblong in shape. The pseudostems (formed by the leaf sheaths) emerge from underground rhizomes.
Red Ginger is usually found growing at the edge of lowland forests, trails, and roads. The flowers make beautiful, long-lasting cut flowers and are popular for tropical flower arrangements.
Planting and care
Gingers are grown from an underground rhizome. The best planting season is the rainy season. Gingers are planted in the pot or bed.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Soil: Not very picky about potting soil.
Water: Grown under proper conditions, they need a steady, year-round supply of water.
Temperature: They can survive temperatures down to 50 degrees F to 73 degrees F.
Fertilizer: Feed with a weak liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season. Coated slow-release fertilizer pellets also work well.