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.
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: Aggressive
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
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.
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)