The ginger flower is one of the 1300 relatives of edible ginger belonging to the Zingiberaceae family. It is one of the many exotic flowers that are colorful and beautifully shaped. If you happen to visit the tropical islands of Hawaii, you will observe colorful leis made from these flowers.
These plants are one of the ornamental, perennial varieties of ginger. They can withstand mild winters and minimal freezing. You can carry out container gardening for this plant. A little bit of care and you can enjoy the blooms for many years.
In order to grow the flowers, you need well-drained soil. This plant should be placed in an area that receives partial to full sunlight. Once you place the rhizomes in the soil, cover them with a 2 to 3 inch compost layer. Then water as required to keep the soil moist. Fertilize the plant with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer every month. A fertilizer that is specially prepared for rhizomes and bulbs can also be used. Plants that are grown in pots need to be fed with water soluble fertilizers.
Pruning is important, and you need to cut off flower stalks that have wilted. Remove the dead leaves and stems. This will help promote new growth. You should also keep an eye out for aphids and other pests. You can wash your plant with water to get rid of these bugs. In case of severe infestation, use insecticides. It is important that you keep in mind that this plant cannot tolerate temperatures below 50 °F. Therefore, when the temperature begins to fall, bring the plant indoors.
They come in a variety of colors like blue, red, yellow, white, and pink. They represent true love and matters related to the heart. Red flowers represent intense passion. They also symbolize strength, prosperity and diversity. These flowers are sometimes used as substitutes for roses.
They are also known for their beauty and fragrance. They are not only ornamental plants but also have culinary as well as medicinal uses. Ginger is added to teas as well as made into capsules. It is known for its digestive properties and for treating colds and flu. The flower is also used to create perfumes, soaps as well as sweet-smelling lotions.
Ginger flowers take about 2 years to blossom. People growing these flowers at home mostly dig out the rhizomes for use. Ginger roots appear from the rhizomes. So, you need to dig out the plant and cut off the roots and stems to get the edible portion. Thus, the plant never gets a chance to develop flowers. However, you can grow ginger plants specifically for the flowers and within 2 years you will observe lovely flowers.