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Etlingera elatior

Red Torch Ginger

A large and vigorous tropical ginger with a truly stunning red inflorescence that seems far too elaborately constructed to serve the profane purpose of merely attracting pollinators. A must grow if you have a sunny and warm spot in the tropical garden or conservartory. Also great and long lasting as a cut flower.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Had 7 seeds of this ginger. Planted in warm moist soil. Put clear wrap plastic over top to keep in humidity. Put in sun for a few hrs each day. then filtered sun. I got 100% germination. All 7 seedings are not 3-6 inches tall,and growing fast.
Submitted on 24/10/2006 by mark steelviper1@yahoo.com

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plant cultivation comments by our visitors
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Plants from this species ...

... are of high ornamental value
In Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia they need very little care and grow very fast.
As I come from the tropics, it is not difficult to locate this plant in the wild. I started with 1 corm of it and grew it in the middle of a 6ft x 160ft planter bed. In the period of 1 1/2 yrs, it filled out this area completely! They needed very little care once established and I did not even bother to give it any fertiliser. One note though, I had bricks embedded some 1ft+ down in the border to keep them from growing out. If this is not done, all hell can break loose as I had an earlier experience with my heliconias. They flower year round and I gave them away to friends who use them for prayers for decoration.
Submitted on 16/09/2008 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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