Alpinia Zerumbet Variegata – Plant Care Tips
An Australian Native which is as Green and Gold as well the Alpinia Zerumbet Variegated, also known as the Shell Ginger. A beautiful foliage plant perfect for bringing the Jungle vibes and a bit of pop!
Alpinia Zerumbet Variegata – Shell Ginger Lighting & Position
Alpinia will appreciate a position that gets lots of bright indirect light, and even a little dappled sun occasionally wouldn’t hurt. Avoid extended exposure to hot direct sun though or the leaves may burn.
Alpinia Zerumbet Variegata – Shell Ginger Watering
It’s important to keep up a regular watering routine. In summer you want to keep the soil moist but not soggy. To monitor this, you can use your finger to poke into the top 5 cm of potting mix and feel the soil moisture level before watering. If it feels particularly wet, let it dry out for longer. Overwatering can lead to fungal issues or root rot. Try watering a once a week, but always testing the soil first to see if watering is necessary. During winter, when the plant isn’t in an active growing phase you should reduce watering frequency and use tepid/room temperature water.
As with all plants, drainage is essential. Ensure that whatever vessel your plant is in, there are sufficient holes in the bottom to allow excess water to freely drain from the pot and away from the plant’s roots.
Alpinia Zerumbet Variegata – Shell Ginger Humidity
Alpinia will appreciate a moderate level of humidity to prevent her leaves from browning at the edges. Some tips for increasing humidity include grouping plants together, placing pots on a pebble tray, or if you want to go all out – buy a small humidifier online and place it in amongst your plant friends!
N.b. misting with a spray bottle will only improve humidity temporarily, and if done excessively can lead to fungal issues. Misting should only be done occasionally and is most effective as part of your leaf cleaning routine. (Mist and then gently wipe leaves with a cloth to clear away dust from the leaf surface.)
Alpinia Zerumbet Variegata – Shell Ginger Fertiliser
Feed with liquid fertiliser fortnightly over the warm, growing period and not at all over the cooler winter months.
Alpinia Zerumbet Variegata – Shell Ginger Extra Tips
Once a month you can wipe down the plants leaves using a damp cloth to clean away any dust that has collected and may be preventing the leaves from breathing. It’s completely normal for older fronds, typically around the base of the plant, to fade in colour or brown off as they age. Prune off any damaged or dying fronds using a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs so that the plant can put more energy into the newer, healthier growth.
Alpinia Zerumbet Variegata – Shell Ginger Toxicity
Alpinia zerumbet (shell ginger, variegated ginger) Occasional reports of skin and eye irritation, especially in people who habitually handle large amounts of plant material (e.g. commercial propagators). Toxicity by ingestion was not known.