If you are looking for the perfect plant for your tropical-themed garden, consider the torch ginger. Named for its blooms that bear an uncanny resemblance to a flaming torch, these plants are native to Indonesia and thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 10b and 11. They make a stunning statement in the tropical garden and are prized by florists as cut flowers. Although this plant is generally propagated by rhizome division, it can be grown from seed.
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Things you need
- 4" planting pot with holes in the bottom for drainage
- Rich potting soil, such as SuperSoil
- Torch ginger seed
- Cling film or bag
Soak the torch ginger seed in water for at least eight hours.
Pour the potting mix into the planter and soak with water. Allow to drain for 10 minutes.
Plant the seed 3/4 of an inch deep in the potting soil.
Cover the pot with cling film and place it in a sunny location where the temperature remains 23.9 degrees C or warmer.
Check the pot frequently to make sure the soil isn't drying out. Also check for mould. If a white powdery substance appears on the soil, poke small holes in the plastic to improve air circulation around the soil.
Germination should occur in 30 days. Once it does, remove the cling film and keep the seedling in a bright, warm area of the home. Mist daily to improve humidity around the plant, or place the pot in a pebble-filled tray, filled halfway with water.
Tips and warnings
- Once the torch ginger plant is established, do not let the soil dry out.
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