Re: Gingers Red torch
I currently am growing 2 Etlingeras. I used to have 4 different ones but I took 2 of them out of the greenhouse because they are such space hogs. I have bloomed all 4 types of mine: Pink, Red, Yamamoto and Hieroglyphica.
It is VERY HARD to bloom the pink and red in containers. I won't say its IMPOSSIBLE, but these plants are not a small growing species. My greenhouse has a 20 ft ceiling, and in the ground, the pink torch (which seems more robust than the red) grew stalks that were in excess of 20 feet. Some were more on the scale of 25-26 feet. The blooms are basilar and held on stalks that can be between 3-5 ft tall. The blooms on the pink and red are the size of softballs.
These gingers are cold sensitive. I know of one person in South FL that has bloomed Red Torch in 10A but he described it as difficult. It will bloom better and more reliably outdoors in 10B.
Its my own opinion that unless you have a VERY LARGE CONTAINER that will allow the plant to reach a critical mass (the stalks on these plants when blooming size can have a diameter in excess of 10 inches) you may grow a very nice ginger plant but get no blooms. By big container I mean 30+ gallons, with overwintering practises that keep the plant above 40F.
I'd post a photo of some of my blooms, but I can't seem to figure out the photo posting function on this forum
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