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Friday, 7 June 2013

Beehive Gingers

    Beehive gingers are similar to the torch gingers with basal flowers and lush foliage however the plants tend to be smaller in size (foliage around 2 metres) and flowers coming out the ground on 50 to 80 centimetre stems. Their flower as the name suggests resemble a honey comb with both elongated and round flowers The foliage ranges from around 2 metres in height in full sun to 3 metres in more shaded areas.

    Fantastic as a screening plant, they tend to create their own shade in full sun areas so foliage will be thicker and shorter. Their natural growing areas tends to be along creeks and under canopy so will grow well on banks and areas shaded by larger trees. As flowers mature, day flowers will start from the base of the flower bract and work their way up as the bract elongates.

    Beehive gingers enjoy a warmer climate flowering and growing well all the way down to the Queensland/NSW border. As with most tropical plants, a nice thick layer of mulch around their base helps to keep their root system warm and aid with moisture retention. Colour ranges from gold through to the dark chocolate and all the apricot and coffee colours in between. Gingers are self cleansing therefore after their flowering season the older foliage stems will fall over and die as new growth comes through. A great way to keep your plant looking great is to trim out the old stems and of course use their flowers as cut flowers. 

    The different coloured beehives flower at different times, usually starting with the apricots and coffees in around November through to March/ April when the borneo red cone is flowering. The flowering season in Brisbane and surrounds would be a little later than this. Great addition to any garden

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