Alpinia - Care tips
In the 17th century, an Italian botanist, Prospero Alpini, discovered a wonderful new family of flowering plants that he named after himself: Alpinia family. The genus is part of the ginger family, or Zingiberaceae, and is native to Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands, as these beautiful ladies love a tropical or subtropical climate. Most species of the genus are known by another name: shell ginger. The funny thing about Alpinia plants is that they don't really have stems, the 'stems' are in fact the overlapping leaf sheaths. They grow from rhizomes and the leaves of most species are narrow and oblong. Most plants of the genus Alpinia are also aromatic due to their essential oils!
Alpinia plant care tips
Light and placement for Alpinia
Species of the Alpinia family usually like bright indirect light. The best position for your green baby is 2 metres away from a south-facing window. This ensures that you do not leave her in the sun too long. Her leaves can burn. A little sun on her leaves now and then will not hurt!
With your Alpinia, the important thing is to keep a regular watering schedule. In summer for example, give her some water two times a week to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Keep an eye on your plant, because if she’s too wet, her roots can rot. During winter, you can reduce watering frequency.
Feed your green friend biweekly with liquid plant fertiliser. Do this during the growing period with warm conditions, and stop when the cooler months of winter arrive. Your beloved plant will then begin its resting phase.
To propagate an Alpinia, the simplest and most common method is to divide it. To propagate your baby, you need some tools like a shovel. Use the shovel to dig and find the rhizomes which you can then divide into several parts with your hands. Try to replant the part of the rhizome in good airy potting soil. You can then water your new plant right away!
Most common pests on Alpinia
If you are afraid of all sorts of pests or diseases, you can rest assured with your Alpinia. This strong lady is not really bothered by pests or diseases worth mentioning. But watch out for spider mites, because these annoying little insects can creep in anywhere. If you see some little critters walking on your plants, you can consult our PLNTSdoctor page to identify and eliminate your plant pests! You can also visit our shop for biological pest control.
Are Alpinia poisonous for your pets or children?
Isn't the Alpinia family the best? It is an easy plant, with beautiful colours and flowers, easy to propagate, and with so many species that you can lose yourself in searching for the best one for you. But what's more, it is not poisonous to pets or children! So you can have as much Alpinia as you like, your furry friends and children will always be safe around it.
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