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Alpinia caerulea

Australian Ginger

A vigorous tropical ginger from Papua New Guinea, eastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales, Australia, with large, glossy green leaves and spikes of beautiful, white flowers at the ends of the shoots that develop into edible, showy blue berries. Great for the undergrowth in the humid tropical or warm temperate garden, it will grow in deep shade and provide well lasting cut flowers.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Germinate easily. When pods are dry (brown), crush pods to release seed. Any potting medium is suitable. Plant in individual deep punnet cells or small pots to reduce damage to roots when potting up. will germinate in 7 - 21 days. Keep in a bright warm spot. keep moist.
Submitted on 21/10/2009 by one of our visitors

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
The FRESH 100+ tiny seeds were soaked for 1 day in water. Then they were sown into a plastic box with normal seed mix media. The box was then kept closed with its lid. The germination temp was stable at about 90+F during the day and high 80F at night. The 1st one popped up just after 17days! The rest followed. Looks like a bunch of tiny green spears.
Submitted on 07/10/2008 by Tog Tan, Malaysia

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If you wish to read more on palm cultivation, we highly recommend Ornamental Palm Horticulture by Timothy K. Broschat and Alan W. Meerow, available in our bookshop.

Ratings and comments reflect individual experiences and the views of our visitors. They do not necessarily describe the most appropriate methods, nor are they necessarily valid for all seeds or plants of this species. Germination and plant cultivation success depends on many different factors; nevertheless, these experiences will hopefully aid you in your effort to get the best germination results from our seeds and the best growth results from your plants.

We recommend:
The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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Suitable for: all

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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