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Zingiber chrysanthum

A ginger from montane forests in the Himalayas to 1700 m (5600 ft.) with shoots to about 1.2 m (4 ft.) tall that spring from an underground rhizome. In summer, small flowers are produced from a compact inflorescence at ground level, followed by a very attractive cluster of bright red fruits. In winter the shoots die down to the ground. One of the hardier gingers, Z. chrysanthum does well in most temperate climates with reasonably warm summers and winters without excessive freezes. Hardiness can be improved by a thick cover of mulch during the cold part of the year.

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Seeds from this species ...

... are very easy to germinate and need up to 1 month to sprout.
Almost immediately upon receiving seeds, they were soaked with frequent water changes for one week, then planted about 0. 5 cm below surface in pots; used germination media consisting of finely milled peat, perlite, vermiculate, and coarse sand. Placed on windowsill during summer, seeds began germinating within one week, had 100% germination after two months. Seedlings were transplanted after two months growth, went dormant in November (protected from frost, but given natural light). Dormant pots overwintered in cool, bright room (approx. 12-15 degrees C). Moved into warmer quarters in May, but new shoots did not appear until June. Had 50% survival of dormant rhizomes, perhaps kept too moist. I would recommend starting seeds as early as possible to get maximum growth before first overwintering.
Submitted on 27/06/2011 by E Ulaszek

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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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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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