Hedychium densiflorum

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Buy Hedychium densiflorum ginger lily: Perfect for a jungle-themed border

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: rich, moist soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: July and August
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
  • Bulb size: 8/10

    Forming a slowly spreading clump of lustrous foliage, this compact ginger lily is one of the hardier forms. The slender spikes of fragrant, orange-red flowers appear early in the season and tend to open in one impressive flush.

  • Garden care: Plant the rhizomes into pots using a good soil-based compost such as John Innes No2. The rhizome should be placed horizontally just below the surface of the soil with the small reddish coloured buds facing upwards. Water well and then grow on under glass until all risk of frost has passed. Alternatively, store the rhizomes in a cool, frost-free place (such as a garage, shed or unheated porch) until they can be planted straight out in the garden. Keep well watered during the summer, but dry during winter. The rhizomes should be covered in the Autumn with a deep, dry mulch, or brought inside and kept in a frost free spot until the Spring when they can be planted outside again.

  • CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs
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Eventual height & spread

Lots of greenery but no flowers. Hoping year 2 is better.


Planted in large pot but no flowers.




Couldn't make it flower.


I tried to grow these last year starting them indoors in pots where they seemed.to do well. Once transferred outside still in the.pot they continued to grow long leaves but never.managed to get them to flower. Very expensive.i could have bought ginger bulbs in a supermarket for much less.I live in Scotland and it may be the cool summer here that meant the.plants didn't thrive but I should have been made aware of this before I purchased them.




would buy again


healthy plant


Very good


All grew into large plants - But!!!


Although all the corms/bulbs? grew into large plants, none have actually flowered yet! Originally planted in pots, no flowers so planted in garden following year. Still no flowers. I live in hope!!


Woodley Berks


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Can I cut down the foliage of ginger lily for winter indoors?


Hello, These do die back naturally for winter, so ideally you should remove the old stems when they do.


You have already answered my question re the non flowering of my Hedychium in Yorkshire so I now ask - is there a particular type of Fertiliser you would recommend? I really would like to get some flowers this year :-)


Hello there These are quite hungry feeders so I would use a general fertiliser through the growing season. I have attached a few links below to some possible fertilisers. Miracle-gro plant food http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/miracle-gro-plant-food/classid.200310/ Organic multi-purpose plant feed http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/organic-multi-purpose-plant-feed/classid.2000028030/ Empathy multipurpose seaweed stimulant http://www.crocus.co.uk/product/_/empathy-multipurpose-seaweed-stimulant/classid.2000018252/ Hope this helps

could these be overwintered in the midlands if given good mulch planted 300mm deep in ground and free draining and on layer of gravel thank you


Hello there They can be left in the ground but I would make sure that you are planting into a sheltered, well drained soil, with something like sharps sand or grit to increase drainage if your soil is heavy, and avoid frost pockets. Don't plant them deeply, the rhizome should be planted just under the surface of the soil. Then in the autumn apply a deep dry mulch over the crown to protect from frosts and cold weather. Hope this helps.

Hi, I have had my Hedychium for three years now and no sign of any flowers whatsoever. Any suggestions. Maybe North Yorkshire isn't the place for them :-)


Hello there There can be a variety of reasons why a plant doesn't flower but with the Hedychium the most likely reasons are lack of warmth or lack of nutrients. These plants can be hungry feeders so you could give it a feed, otherwise may be it is too cold and exposed outside for these plants where you live. Hope this helps

Hi, I'm seeing this beautiful flower "I call them the hairiest cat", they have NO foliage-leaves, just a green stem and a pink head of about 4-5 clump of the pink flower. I have looked at a ginger lily, or ginger bouquet [because a florist thought that was it] I couldn't find it. Do you have any idea what I'm talking about and a picture of it, so I know "I'm" buying what I want. Thank you so much!! Good luck. Ellen Phillips


Hello, I'm afraid I am not really sure what you are trying to describe, however Nerine spring to mind - please click on the following link to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.nerine/sort.0/


Hi, do these flowers smell good, as in have fragrance?


Yes, the fragrance is wonderful


Hello there Yes these plants do have fragrant flowers.

The specification says these plants can tolerate partial shade. I am trying to fill a sheltered spot that gets 3-4 hours of full sun in the late afternoon but the rest of the time is quite shady because of the position of the house. Would this plant thrive there?

Dr Clovenhoof

These plants may thrive in the Summer months in such a position, but in the Winter if they get very cold and wet, I think they might rot. I would keep in a large pot, and remove it to a sheltered spot in Winter.


Hello there Hedychium densiflorum will tolerte light shade. Ideally it likes a dappled light shade, warmth, and a moist soil through out the summer to do well. If where you are thinking of planting is a cold spot then I doubt it will do well. Hope this helps

Are these attacked in the same way as lilium by the dreaded lily beetle? Our lilies were destroyed last year and i am looking for an alternative.


I have found that these lilies are not attacked by the lily beetle. The beetles are attracted by smell, and these leaves do not smell. As far as the lily beetles are concerned, they emerge much earlier than the textbooks suggest, and this year have started to mate in early April. They are best kept under control by vigilant removal. Although they can hear you coming (!) if you creep up and knock them off the plant into hot water you can keep them under control. They are active again when the currant years' eggs have hatched and the adults are about again. The red eggs produce voracious grubs, so keep an eye out for them too.


Hello, Despite their common name, these are not true lilies, so they are not affected by lily beetles. I hope this helps,


Is Hedychium densiflorum deep rooted or shallow. I shall be planting it in a pot and need to know if it needs to be a deep one or whether a shallow one would do.


These plants will root very deep given the chance. The deeper the pot, the stronger the shoot produced and the bigger the flower head. I keep mine in pots that are huge.


Hello, These plants are not particularly deep rooted, but I would allow for a depth of at least 30cm for each plant. If possible a deeper pot would be preferable however as otherwise they can get top heavy when in full leaf.


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