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Siphonochilus aethiopicus

Siphonochilus aethiopicus - African Ginger

African Ginger

 

Planting your bulb

 

 When to plant -- Plant it when you receive it. 

Getting started -- Use a pot at least 5 inches wide and tall (13 cm), with drainage holes.

 Use a well-draining soil mix, such as 3 parts potting soil to 2 parts perlite or coarse sand.  Or you may use equal parts of coir fiber and perlite, with some slow-release fertilizer mixed in.

 Before you plant it, smell it!  It has a wonderful scent of violets.

 Bury it about 1/2 to 1 inch (2 cm) deep.  Add just enough water so the soil is slightly moist, and keep it this moist until it sprouts.  Do not fully saturate the soil.  Do not let it dry out completely.

 Until the bulb sprouts, i recommend keeping it between about 65 and 85 degrees F (18-29C) during the day (a little cooler at night is ok).

 The bulb may take anywhere from 1 to 4 months to sprout, depending on when it went dormant.  Once it sprouts, increase the watering, and give it bright light, but shade it from strong afternoon sun. 

 Growing onward --

 It prefers warm temperatures, with days above 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) and nights above 60 F (16 C).  It comes from woodlands, so it likes filtered sun or morning sun.  It might need some protection from strong afternoon sun. 

  It uses a lot of water while growing.  Keep the soil evenly moist (but not soggy). 

 It likes good fertilizing the first 2-3 months of growth.  You may use either bulb fertilizer or a general-purpose fertilizer.

Dormancy -- The bulb goes dormant for around 4 months, and when it does, reduce the watering during this time so the soil stays slightly moist.

Pests to watch for -- Mealybugs might attack the bulbs indoors.  Look for cottony growth where the leaves emerge from the ground.  To control mealybugs, try using an insecticidal soap soil drench.

General tips about this plant

Have fun growing it!

- Jeff

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