Kahili ginger isn’t grown for spice: it’s a beautiful flower!
Key Ginger lily facts
Name – Hedychium gardnerianum
Common – ginger lily, kahili ginger
Family – Zingiberaceae
Type – rhizome perennial
Height – 2 to 5 feet (60 to 150 cm)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil: ordinary, cool – Flowering: summer to late fall
Planting kahili ginger
Preferably in spring for specimens purchased in nursery pots. Mix your earth with flower plant soil mix.
This plant isn’t hardy at all. It will die if exposed to frost. In temperatures slightly above freezing, a thick layer of mulch is recommended for it to stay alive.
Kahili ginger in a pot
You can grow this magnificent ginger in a pot, but you’ll have to repot it often. Replacing the pot and reducing the root ball is required every 2 years, sometimes every year. Like the ZZ plant, these powerful rhizomes can burst their pot open if left unattended.
Pruning ginger lily
Remove withered stems as they appear.
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Prefer part shade or light sun.
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