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Thai black ginger in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Kaempferia Parviflora

 

Thai black ginger

Black Galangal is a root in the ginger family. It is 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. The leaves are like hosta leaves and the orchid-like flowers, which are borne near the base of the plant, are small, white and streaked with dark-red veining.

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plant Features
  • Thai black ginger likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Thai black ginger likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Thai black ginger is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Thai black ginger likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Thai black ginger

Latin name

Kaempferia Parviflora

type

Rhizome

family

Zingiberaceae

ph

6.6 - 7.3 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Thai black ginger likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Thai black ginger is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Thai black ginger likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Thai black ginger likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Thai black ginger is 0.50meters x 0.60meters 0.50 M 0.60 M

Kaempferia Parviflora

Black Galangal is a root in the ginger family. It is 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. The leaves are like hosta leaves and the orchid-like flowers, which are borne near the base of the plant, are small, white and streaked with dark-red veining.


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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