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Lesser Galanga in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Kaempferia galanga

 

Lesser Galanga

Galangal is a root in the ginger family. It looks similar to ginger, although a little paler in colour, but the flavour is more spicy and pungent than ginger, and it is harder to grow, as it requires quite specific conditions. Galangal is very sensitive to frost, and is susceptible to rotting if water-logged. It is a tropical plant, and so in temperate climes is best suited to being grown in a container indoors. Lesser galanga is a small, stemless rhizomatous plant growing up to 45cm with thick, rounded leaves that form a rosette lying on the ground

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plant Features
  • Lesser Galanga likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Lesser Galanga likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Lesser Galanga is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Lesser Galanga likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Lesser Galanga

Latin name

Kaempferia galanga

type

Rhizome

family

Zingiberaceae

ph

6.6 - 7.3 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Lesser Galanga likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Lesser Galanga is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Lesser Galanga likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Lesser Galanga likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Lesser Galanga is 0.50meters x -0.45meters 0.50 M -0.45 M

Kaempferia galanga

Galangal is a root in the ginger family. It looks similar to ginger, although a little paler in colour, but the flavour is more spicy and pungent than ginger, and it is harder to grow, as it requires quite specific conditions. Galangal is very sensitive to frost, and is susceptible to rotting if water-logged. It is a tropical plant, and so in temperate climes is best suited to being grown in a container indoors. Lesser galanga is a small, stemless rhizomatous plant growing up to 45cm with thick, rounded leaves that form a rosette lying on the ground


Flowering

From Mid Summer TO Late Summer

Clusters of small white orchid-like flowers appear in Summer

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

This is a tropical plant, and can only be grown successfully outdoors if the climate is tropical. For any other climate the plant needs to be grown in a container indoors. The soil or compost must be free-draining, or the roots will rot. This plant is quite particular about the growing conditions.

 

Propagating by division

From Early Autumn TO Mid Autumn

The rhizome can be divided into smaller pieces, as long as each piece has at least one nodule from which the leaves will shoot. It also needs plenty of space in which to grow, as it can grow into a large plant

 
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