$ 1.95
SKU P25974S

This is one of the world's most splendid flowers. Etlingera elatior red, The Red Torch Ginger, is native to South East Asia. The torchs itself has a large reddish head. It will give you one of the most brilliant flowers imaginable with a dazzling mass display of bracts in a bright red cone shape. The flower is about 25 cm across and is borne on a 1.5 meter leafless stem that arises straight out of the ground. Has a smooth textured, broad, dark green leaves. Its inflorescence makes like the Red Torch Ginger a good cut flower. When the flower has finished a decorative seed head spike remains.

Soak ripe torch ginger seeds in water overnight.

Fill a 6-inch diameter flower pot with commercial seed-germination mix. Push four or five seeds into the soil, 1/2 to 3/4 inches deep and evenly spaced. Pour water in the pot until liquid runs out the holes in the bottom and the soil is evenly moist.

Place the pot in a propagation chamber where the temperature ranges between 77 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit, or cover the pot with plastic wrap and set it in bright light in a location where the temperature is in the recommended range. Avoid direct sunlight, because the heat may make the temperature rise too high under the plastic wrap.

Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet. Germination takes three to four weeks.

Hardiness zones 9-11, (5ºC/40ºF, -5ºC/25ºF) in Winter. Not frost or cold tolerant. Very easy to grow. Best grown in full sun and needs plenty of warmth and well drained conditions. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Water freely and feed monthly in growing season. It should be planted in a rich soil high in organic matter. Excellent for the greenhouse but needs high humidity and artificial light.

Customer Reviews

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David Crandall
Red torch ginger

Received seeds in good condition have et to pot them.