Hardy Ginger Lily - Hedychium

Hardy Ginger Lily – Hedychium

Ginger Hedychium. Learn, buy & grow ginger plants in the UK

Hardy Ginger Lily – Hedychium. Ginger is a scented, herbaceous perennial plant popularly grown as a spice and for medicinal purposes in the tropics, but grown for show in tropical gardens here in the UK.  Also called Zingiber officinale, it consists of the rhizome, that is the ginger roots that is prepared as a spice, and a pseudostem that holds its leaves. It blooms flowers on inflorescences that arise directly from the base of the plant.

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Hedychium densiflorum

The flowers are sometimes yellow with purple edges or may occur in other colours such as purple, red, or brown depending on the species of the ginger plant. The plant grows up 60cm to 120cm with green leaves that are 7cm in length and 1.9cm wide. It is native to southeast Asia but has been grown in other regions for hundreds of years.


How To Grow And Care For Ginger Plants
Ginger plants are not considered difficult plants and they are relatively easy to grow. Although you may require some extra care when growing it in colder regions like the UK rather than its native tropical and temperate region.


What are ginger plants?
The name ginger plants is a common catch all name for a number of different plants such as Zingibers, Roscoea, Cautleya and of course the more common Hedychiums. Fundamentally they form an underground rhizome, as well as evergreen or deciduous perennial.

Which ginger plants are hardy and can be grown in the UK?
Our firm favourite for UK gardens is the Hedychium greenii, which with a thick mulch in a sheltered area will do just fine. If you have a more tender ginger, treat like cannas and dig and store over winter.

Can you grow ginger plants in pots?
Sure thing, but remember like growing anything else in a pot to be more aware of it drying out, or baking in the sun. Also, it’ll suffer damage from the cold much faster in a pot than in the ground.

Where in the garden should I plant my ginger plants?
They are pretty tolerant of most sites, but full sun to partial shade is fine. What they do love though is a lot of nutrient rich deep soil. Keep them well fed!

Do ginger plants require much food and water?
They certainly do, ideally daily watering through the summer months and a nice feed every couple of weeks.

How should I over winter my ginger plants?
I just mulch over all the more hardy types of ginger plants I have in the garden, usually add some straw which is floating around after I have wrapped the Musa Basjoo bananas! They like to be on the dry side through the winter if you are lifting them, and only keep barely moist.

When should I plant ginger plants outside?
Like the rest of the tender plants, I wait until at least the 3rd week in May before anything goes in the ground. There is no point starting earlier, you’ll just get knocked back if there is a sneaky frost. Just have some patience.


How to check your ginger plants for winter damage with Will Giles
Taking a look at Will’s ginger plants to see if the winter has affected any growth. Will has been growing gingers for many years, so this short video is well worth a view if you are thinking of growing gingers yourself, or have some already. Winter has taken it’ s toll on a number of exotic gardens this year, growing exotic and tropical plants in the UK can often be a challenge, but Will has been growing exotics in England for over 25 years.

If you are interested in buying ginger plants, have a look at some of the plants available to buy at the moment, they are beautiful plants and produce the most wonderful flowers.
How to check your ginger plants for winter damage with Will Giles.
Taking a look at Will’s ginger plants to see if the winter has affected any growth. Will has been growing gingers for many years, so this short video is well worth a view if you are thinking of growing gingers yourself, or have some already. Winter has taken it’ s toll on a number of exotic gardens this year, growing exotic and tropical plants in the UK can often be a challenge, but Will has been growing exotics in England for over 25 years.
Types of Hedychium
Hedychium Gardnerianum ‘Kahili Ginger’: It is a species of ginger lily with bright yellow flowers and visible stamens that emerges from each yellow flower. A hardy perennial that can stand temperatures as ow as 16 degrees celsius. It grows to reach a height of 150cm-180cm. Lastly, it is one of the few species of hedychium that grows from seed.

Hedychium Densiflorum ‘Dense Ginger Lily’: It is a clump-forming species of ginger lily blooming bright orange or yellow flowers on dense, cylindrical spikes that shoot up as high as 8 inches. It grows quickly and can reach heights between 120 and 270 cm. It is a popular choice because of its scented and delicate flowers.

Other species include: Hedychium Aurantiacum, Hedychium Tara, Hedychium Coronarium, Hedychium Coccineum.


Where can you buy ginger plants or find Hedychium for sale in the UK?
Ginger lily plants for sale are often quite hard to find and you need to find specialists. We have a couple of suggestions below for UK based suppliers of ginger lily plants, so I suggest that you start there.  Personally I have had good results buying ginger lily seeds and germinating them in my propagator – certainly a cheap way to get some of the more rare gingers into your garden for not a lot of cash. However, buying a large healthy rhizome is always good for instant bulk!

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