How to grow Shampoo Ginger

Shampoo Ginger grow and care – herbaceous geophyte of the genus Zingiber also known as Bitter ginger or Zingiber zerumbet, Shampoo Ginger perennial deciduous to semi evergreen in warm climate, used as ornamental for the flowers and for fragrance flowers, the plant also can be used as Shampoo, can grow in subtropics, tropics mediterranean, temperate climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 8+.

Leaves color green linear shape the structure emerged on stem in round growth.

Shampoo Ginger flower

Flower color is white the flowers small and grow inside bracts.

Bracts fragrant color can be: red, pink, yellow, white, green, orange or more than one color, the shape is hive shape.

Rhizome edible the color of the peel is brown the inner is yellow the taste is bitter.

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How to grow Shampoo Ginger growing and care:

Rich soil, moist soil, high humidity, organic matter

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seeds / Rhizome

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier to start from rhizomes

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:
Phyllosticta zingiberi, rhizome flies

Pruning season:
Winter, when the plant is dormant

How to prune:
Dead leaves, old stems and old bloom stems

Size of the plant?
0.7-1.2 m, 28-48 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing, in the beginning until establish it’s slowly

Water requirement:
Average amount of water to big amount of water (if it’s dry location need big amount of water)

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade – can grow well but will need light

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, the plant need ventilation indoor

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, growing in containers that can let few plants grow because just when grow few plants it will bloom, rich soil, peat moss with organic matter, need to fertilize for grow and after establish to bloom, to induce flowers, need moist soil and don’t let it dry

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
White flowers that grow inside bracts, bracts are fragrant color can be: red, pink, yellow, white, green, orange or more than one color, shape of the bracts of hive shape.

Edible Roots

Information about rhizome:
Shape of ginger and color of the peel is brown the inner is yellow the taste is bitter.

Harvesting rhizome:
Autumn / Winter

Uses of rhizome:
Powder, cooked

Grow from seeds

Sowing requirement:
Moist soil, possible with every soil that can absorb and keep water but better peat soil with vermiculite

Saving seeds until sowing:
Dark place

Sowing season:
Spring to summer

Planting spacing:
40*80 cm (16-32 inches)

Depth of Sowing:
1-2 cm (0.5-1 inches)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil, rich soil, hot weather

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water to big amount of water, depend the soil and the winds, keep the soil moist and high humidity

Germination time:
2-4 weeks

Condition of seedling:
High humidity, mulch (small pieces), windless area (protected location)

Scientific name:

Zingiber zerumbet

How to grow Shampoo Ginger

Growing Shampoo ginger

Shampoo ginger plant flower

Shampoo ginger


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Roots
Culinary uses
  • Beverage
  • Cooked
  • Eaten raw
  • Herbs
  • Spices
Flower colors
  • Green flower
  • Orange flower
  • Pink flower
  • Purple flower
  • Red flower
  • White flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Geophyte
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Edible plants
  • Floristry
  • Fragrance
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9