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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Unrelated to the \"true\" gingers, Blue Ginger is actually a tropical cousin of the popular houseplant known as Wandering Jew. Famous for its showy clusters of dark blue flowers,it likes partial shade and warm humidity and does not tolerate frost. Grow it in a protected spot with other tropical plants and fertilize it regularly to keep it looking its best.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    3. Protect

    Protect from frost.
    February
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    3. Protect

    Protect from frost.
    March
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    3. Prune

    Cut back plants to keep them bushy and force new growth.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    5. Prune

    Cut back plants to keep them bushy and force new growth.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.
    8. Propagate

    Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year\'s new growth.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.
    7. Propagate

    Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year\'s new growth.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.
    7. Propagate

    Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year\'s new growth.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.
    2. Plant

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    4. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.
    October
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.
    November
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    3. Protect

    Protect from frost.
    December
    1. Fertilize

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.
    2. Water

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.
    3. Protect

    Protect from frost.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    April

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    May

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    June

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    July

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    August

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    September

    Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    April

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    May

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    June

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    July

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    August

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    September

    Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    January

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    February

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    March

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    April

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    May

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    June

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    July

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    August

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    September

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    October

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    November

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    December

    Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    February

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    March

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    April

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    May

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    June

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    July

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    August

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    September

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    October

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    November

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    December

    Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    February

    Cut back plants to keep them bushy and force new growth.

    March

    Cut back plants to keep them bushy and force new growth.

    April

    Cut back plants to keep them bushy and force new growth.

    Protect

    When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

    January

    Protect from frost.

    February

    Protect from frost.

    November

    Protect from frost.

    December

    Protect from frost.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    March

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    April

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    May

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    June

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    July

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    August

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    September

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    October

    Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    March

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    April

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    May

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    June

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    July

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    August

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    September

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    October

    Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    April

    Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year\'s new growth.

    May

    Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year\'s new growth.

    June

    Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year\'s new growth.

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