Alpinia - How to care for and grow your Alpinia plant



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There Alpinia it is used not only to adorn gardens and cheer up our homes thanks to its beautiful and long blooms and its rich leaf apparatus also as a precise flower.






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The genre Alpinia of the family of Zingiberaceae (the same ginger family), including several evergreen perennial species, native to the tropical regions of Asia and Oceania.


There are numerous species in the genus Alpinia among which, among those used for ornamental purposes, we mention:


L'Alpinia purpurata is a herbaceous plant, native to Australia, New Zealand and the nearby islands of the Pacific Ocean. In nature it is a plant that easily reaches 4 m in height and 1.5 m in width.

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The leaves are long and rigid and the flowers are gathered in panicle inflorescences characterized by long-lasting pink or red bracts, inside which, in spring, numerous small white flowers bloom. Its peculiarity is that the whole plant gives off a delicate scent of ginger.

It is highly appreciated commercially and also used as a cut flower.

It is the national flower of the Samoa Islands.


The Alpinia they are easy to grow plants and do not require special care.They love the light, but not the direct rays of the sun. They are plants with typical hot-humid climates.


From spring and throughout the summer they should be watered regularly, keeping the soil always moist (not soaked). After flowering it is necessary to reduce watering and wait for the soil to dry on the surface before proceeding with subsequent irrigations.

During the summer, if the air is too hot, the plant will benefit from nebulization in the canopy.


There Alpinia it is not particularly demanding in terms of land. A good soil could be made up of loam of leaves and peat in equal parts to which a little sand is added to favor the drainage of the watering water. The repotting takes place in early spring. Pay attention to the rhizome because it must be buried no more than 1 cm deep.

We always recommend the use of terracotta pots as, thanks to their porosity, they allow the soil to have gas exchanges with the outside.


The Alpinia they are fertilized every two weeks from spring and throughout the summer, using a liquid fertilizer diluted in the watering water and halving the doses compared to what is reported in the package. During the other periods they will be suspended.

It is advisable to use a fertilizer that in addition to having macroelements such as nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) also has microelements such as iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu) , zinc (Zn), boron (B), polybdenum (Mo), all important for a correct and balanced growth of the plant.


They are plants that cannot be pruned. Only the parts that gradually dry up or become damaged are eliminated to prevent them from becoming a vehicle for parasitic diseases.

Remember to always use clean and disinfected tools, possibly flame-retarded to prevent them from transmitting unwanted diseases.


The multiplication ofAlpinia occurs mainly by division of the rhizomes.


In spring, at the time of repotting, the rhizomes can be divided. They must be cut into several parts, taking care that each portion has at least one sprout. Sprinkle the cut surface with a broad spectrum fungicide powder and place each portion in a soil consisting of equal parts peat and sand. Wait a few days before watering to allow the wounds to heal and then start watering keeping the soil slightly moist and keep the pot in a slightly shaded place. If everything went well after about a month the first shoots will begin to appear, which means that the plant has rooted. At that point, take the pot to a brighter place (not in direct sun) and when the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them into the final pot as indicated for adult plants and treat them as such.


Leaves starting to turn yellow, appear mottled with yellow and brown

If the leaves begin to turn yellow and after these manifestations they shrivel and fall, most likely you are in the presence of an attack of red spider mite, a very annoying and harmful mite. Observing carefully you can also notice thin cobwebs especially on the lower page of the leaves.

Remedies: increase the frequency of nebulizations to the foliage (the lack of humidity favors their proliferation) and possibly, only in the case of particularly serious infestations, use a specific acaricide. If the plant is not particularly large, you can also try to clean the leaves to mechanically eliminate the parasite using a wet and soapy cotton swab, after which the plant should be rinsed very well to remove all the soap.

Spots on the underside of the leaves

Spots on the underside of the leaves could mean that you are in the presence of cochineal and in particular mealy cochineal. To be sure, it is advisable to use a magnifying glass and observe. Compare it with the photo on the side. They are features, you can't go wrong. Also if you try to remove them with a fingernail, they come off easily.

Remedies: remove them with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol or if the plant is large and potted, you can wash it with water and neutral soap, rubbing very gently with a sponge to remove the parasites, after which the plant is varisced very well to eliminate all the soap. For larger plants planted outdoors, you can use specific pesticides available from a good nurseryman.


There Alpinia galanga o Thai ginger is used in gastronomy as a spice in Thai and Indonesian cuisine as its rhizome has a pungent odor and a sweet taste while the fruits are normally used in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and unani tibb (known in Europe as Arab medicine) .

The genus owes its name to Prospero Alpini, an Italian botanist specialized in exotic plants who lived at the end of the sixteenth century (Marostica, November 23, 1553 - Padua, February 6, 1617).

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Here are the fastest vegetable options you can grow in your garden:

1. rocket

Rocket is a gorgeous green with a spicy taste. We grew it on our old farm. It was a delightful addition to our perennial garden.

So, if you want to have a spicy green to add to your salad, you should consider growing it. Just plant it, give it about 2 months to produce mature leaves, and then cut them back when you're ready to eat them.

They will then continue to grow each year for your enjoyment.

2. Spinach

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Spinach was one of the first things I tried to grow. I did it because it grew quickly and it was easy to grow.

In practice, the seeds are sown directly in the soil of good quality. Then just water and wait. In a short time, in about 4-6 weeks, you will have fresh spinach available.

This is an excellent addition to any salad, or you can prepare fresh spinach as in this recipe.

3. baby carrots

New carrots are delicious, make a great snack, are great for cooking, and don't take as long as regular carrots because they don't need to grow to be that big.

So, if you like carrots and want them fast, you will definitely want to go for the baby carot variety. Then you will plant them in the ground or in a potted garden.

In any case, make sure the seeds are sown directly in good soil. Then, in about 30 days, you will have your first harvest.

If you need more carrot growing tips, here's a resource for you.

4. Radish

Radish is probably one of the fastest growing plants. They are also very easy to grow.

If you want to try growing your own vegetables, this can be a good place to start. You will plant these seeds directly in good soil.

Then, in about 25-30 days, you should have the first harvest.

5. Cucumbers

Cucumber is a very versatile plant to grow. You can make many delicious recipes with them. You can start by eating them fresh.

They could be an excellent addition to a salad. When they "take out the cucumbers", you can start making pickles from fresh cucumbers.

But don't forget that cucumbers like to run, so you'll need to put them on a trellis or give them plenty of room to grow.

6. Beets

Beets are one of those vegetables that we like or dislike. But even if you don't like beets, you can still enjoy the vegetables that come from the plant.

Either way, it's a great vegetable to grow if you want to have a quick harvest. It is nice to grow in spring or when we are headed towards autumn because they can withstand a bit of heat, but they do not like the very high temperatures that we often encounter in summer.

But if you plant beets, they can be harvested in about 50 days. However, beet vegetables can be harvested in about 30 days.

7. Shrub beans

Forest beans are my favorite type of bean. They grow beautifully in the garden, are easier to prepare when green beans are canned, and also allow for a quicker harvest.

So, if you like tender green beans, consider planting a variety of green beans. Just sow directly into good soil.

Then, over time, with water and sunlight, they will produce a beautiful green bean stalk. In about 40-65 days, you should have your first harvest of green beans.

Here are more details on how to grow green beans.

8. Bok Choy

Bok choy is a fun plant. It sounds funny, and it's fun to say his name too.

But it is also an excellent plant to grow because it can produce a mature crop in about 30 days. If it's not a super fast plant, I'm not sure what it is.

So, if you are looking for something different to grow that produces a quick harvest, then you should definitely consider Bok Choy.

9. Lettuce

Lettuce is a very versatile plant. There are so many different varieties that with each one you can have a different taste and crunch.

But the good thing about lettuce is that it's abundant, so it can grow in colder temperatures, and it doesn't take long to produce a mature crop.

In fact, most lettuces can produce a harvest in about 30 days.

So, if you want something healthy, green, and fast, you should definitely consider lettuce.

10. Summer squash

Summer squash is probably one of my favorite vegetables to enjoy in the warmer months. It tastes delicious, is easy to grow, and also produces quickly.

So, if you need to learn how to grow your own zucchini, here is a great resource to help you along the way.

But basically, you have to sow the seeds directly in good soil, water them and wait for them to grow and produce.

However, you will need to make sure to harvest your squash or courgette when they are young to improve their taste.

11. The okra

Gumbo is another of my favorite vegetables. It only takes about 50 days to produce a mature crop.

You can then collect it and fry it in a delicious side dish that you will love.

But you can also prepare gumbo in another way. Go ahead, enjoy this fast growing vegetable, you will be glad you tried it!

12. Kale

I'm a huge fan of greenery and kale, but that wasn't always the case. In fact, growing up, I wouldn't touch them with a ten-foot pole.

But I have learned that it is all in the preparation. I think I like them more now because I try to grow most of my family's food.

And who doesn't love a fast growing vegetable? Vegetables with cabbage or mustard can be harvested in just 25 days.

The leaves can therefore be matured in about 50-65 days.

13. Snow peas

Peas have always been interesting to me. In my experience, you have to plant a lot of them to get a decent harvest.

For me, when I say "decent", I mean enough to eat and feed.

But if you just like to plant something to eat then this might be a good option for you. White peas take around 10 days to complete the germination process.

They can then be harvested after 60 days. Two months is not that long to have a vegetable ready for harvest.

14. Broccoli

I love broccoli. When I was little, it fascinated me because it resembled a small tree. As an adult, I love it because I can put cheese, butter or toppings on it and enjoy it over and over again.

But as someone who tries to make the most of their food, I like broccoli, because I like it cold. It's refreshing to be able to grow something green when it's still cool outside.

So, if you like broccoli too, you know you can grow it and have it ready for harvest in about 60 days. Here's how long it takes for heads to mature.

However, you might enjoy smaller broccoli heads even earlier. This is your preference.

15. Green onions

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Green onion is another very versatile plant. Onions are planted as bulbs. It takes about 6 months for the bulbs to produce full-size onions.

But you can get green onion stalks in 3 to 4 weeks. They are delicious as a side dish to soups or to add to a sofrito.

So if you want something green, fresh and full of onion flavor, you know you can have it all in under a month.

16. Turnips

Turnip is another vegetable that is surprising because you get two products in one plant. Turnips produce a unique flavor bulb.

In my experience, either you love them or you don't love them. My mother-in-law absolutely loved them. He would eat them at every meal if he could.

While my husband and my children stay away from them.

So you'll have to try them yourself to see which category you are in.

But whether you like turnips or not, they produce some amazing vegetables. I love turnips. You can boil them, remove them from the first boil and then boil them again. This takes away some of the bitterness.

Then they are cooked with bacon, onions, chopped red pepper, salt and pepper. You will have a surprising side dish.

So, if this sounds like a good idea, know that you can have turnip leaves in 40 days and turnip roots in around 60 days.

You now have 16 different fast growing vegetables to start your garden. They can be grown at different times of the year, which means that you can have a fast harvest almost all year round.

So we hope this will encourage you to produce some of your own food, now that you know it doesn't take forever to harvest your vegetables.

But I would like to know which vegetables to grow for a quick harvest. What is your cultivation method?

We love to hear from you, so please leave your comments in the comments section below.

How To Grow Starter Plants For A Profit

Many people enjoy fresh flowers, vegetables, and herbs but don't have the time or inclination to raise plants from seed. People in colder climates may want a viable, sprouted plant to transplant after the threat of frost passes, but they don't have room in their home to start the plant indoors. Casual gardeners who desire the benefits of watching a plant grow without the difficulties of nursing from seed often purchase young, already sprouted starter plants. Gardeners who love plants that grow from seed can grow a large amount of starter plants inexpensively, and then sell them for a profit.


• Identify the type of plant you want to grow. Vegetables and flowers are popular starter plants, but growing special plants such as herbs, hot peppers or exotic flowers potentially allows the plants to sell more money.

• Purchase seed and potting packages suitable for the plants you are growing. Buy seed trays and pots to hold plants as they grow. Minimize costs to avoid risks and increase profits in the future, but don't buy low-quality materials. Look for sales or ask for discounts if you are planning to buy in bulk.

• Sow plants early in the season so they will be mature enough to sell when spring blooms and people are on the market for transplants. Study the growth rates for the plant to know the appropriate planting time.

• Feed the germinating plants. Water and fertilize according to plant needs - check seed packet label for specific directions. Use organic soil and fertilizer if you are trying to sell organically grown plants.

• Transfer larger plants, single pots, once they begin to outgrow the trays. Purchase cheap cookware, but make sure they are presentable enough that they don't drive potential customers. Consider purchasing a more ornate, expensive pot if growing expensive novelty plants such as orchids and birds of paradise.

• Sell the plants once they have reached an approximate starter plant size. Set up a stall at the farmer's market, open a street stand or put up an advertising sign in front of your home. Contact shops and nurseries if you have large quantities of product to sell and want to do it in bulk. Set a price in line with similar starter plants in the area - or a little less if they are wholesaling them - but make sure you sell them at a high enough price to make more than you spend. Promote the peculiarities of the plant, especially if the plant is rare or organically grown.

How to grow plants for profit

One of the most important considerations when growing plants for profit is how to choose the right ones. Make a mistake, and all your time, money and effort will be wasted. Choose wisely, and you could make enough money to help pay your bills, perhaps even for a living. In some cases, growing plants for the money can become big business, providing an occupation that is both fun and profitable. To start, consider the skills and resources and evaluate the market, then choose which plants you want to grow.


• Consider what space you have available to devote to growing plants for profit. If you have a large area, such as a farm, you can grow almost anything you want. Smaller areas require plants that have a higher value so that selling fewer of them can still be profitable.

• Assess local market conditions. Look at the options for where you can sell your plants. If there is a farmer's market in the area, visit the site to see what is already sold, what there seems to be too much, and what seems to be missing. Look at both products and plants, such as flowers, to determine what people are buying.

• Talk to local grocery stores and caterers to see if they need it. Ask about the availability of organic products and herbs. Find out if there are certain things they have a hard time achieving, and see if they'd be interested in buying it if they could get it locally.

• Make a list of plants that are in demand and have room to grow. List only plants that can grow in your climate, unless you have greenhouse space available.

• Select some of the plants on your list to begin with. It is recommended that you keep the number down to no more than three for your first season to give you a chance to get established.

• Tell potential customers about your plants before it's time to harvest them. Build a customer base early to make selling easier. Show photos of your plants and be ready to talk about what makes your plants special, such as being organic, unusual in type, bigger than usual, and anything else that sets your garden apart.

Alpinia zerumbet “Variegata” [Vase Ø19cm | H. 45 cm.]

The Alpinia zerumbet "Variegata" plant is an evergreen houseplant native to tropical eastern Asia, which belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, the same as ginger. It has a dense head of elongated and pointed leaves, dark green with golden yellow stripes, with a tendency to arch. The inflorescence is panicle with red or fuchsia colored bracts, it develops small flowers similar to orchids of a creamy white color. All parts of the plant are very aromatic and smell of ginger.

  • Family: Zingiberaceae
  • Origin: Tropical East Asia
  • Light: lots of light, not direct sun
  • Minimum temperature: 5 ° C
  • Watering: keep the soil moist, avoiding water stagnation, frequent nebulizations
  • Soil: soft and draining, universal soil in pot, expanded clay at the bottom of the pot to favor drainage
  • Fertilization: once a month administer liquid fertilizer for green plants
  • Reproduction: seed

Species and varieties

Curcuma alismatifolia: it has long, lanceolate, glossy leaves, light green in summer, at the apex of 60-70 cm tall stems, erect, large pink flowers bloom. Curcumes develop fleshy rhizomes, which in Asia are used, dried and shredded, as a dye and as a food spice. The flowers have a very particular shape, the flowering lasts a long time. The exotic beauty of the flowers, very similar to Lotus Flowers, in the colors white, pink, purple and yellow, the very long duration if cut (three weeks or more), the erect behavior of both the flowers and the lanceolate foliage, has meant that was positively introduced commercially both as a cut flower and as a flowering pot plant. The rhizomes are kept in a cool and dry place, with a minimum temperature above 15 ° C.

Curcuma longa

Curcuma alismatifolia (photo Nelli Elena)

Curcuma longa (Berlin Botanical Garden) (photo

How to grow dwarf banana plants

The banana is highly sensitive to frost and only grows well in tropical and subtropical climates.The bananas thrive in temperatures between 25.6 ° C and 30 ° C. Some banana varieties are drought tolerant, but all banana plants are susceptible to damage. caused by floods. Dwarf varieties require similar care to other varieties, but will produce fewer fruit. Check all plants for root damage or evidence of disease before planting. Many of the plant's natural pests are difficult to treat and are best avoided by planting healthy plants in soil that is not infested with fungi.


• Dig a hole about three times the size of the banana plant container in well-drained, non-saline soil. Banana plants die quickly in standing water and should be planted in raised beds if the water table is high. Banana can tolerate some shade, but prefers full sun.

Remove the plant from its container and insert it into the hole so that its soil is level with the soil around the hole. Fill the hole with soil was removed from it, incorporating fertilizer containing 2 or 3 percent magnesium. Tamp the soil lightly with a shovel.

• Thoroughly water the plant. The plant will require frequent, extensive watering as it grows. During hot and dry weather it needs 4 to 6 inches of water per month.

• Apply 6 inches of organic mulch around the plant to suppress weed growth. Do not use systemic herbicides on weeds near the trunk of the banana plant.

• Prune the plant as it grows, cuttings arise on the ground once they have fruited. New shoots will take their place and continue fruiting. Remove unwanted suction cups at ground level to improve fruit size and quality. Fruit will be ready to harvest between nine and 20 months from planting, depending on the cultivar.

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