|Layers of Florida-Friendly plants keep my front garden lush throughout the year.|
|Brightly colored, striped foliage of Variegated Shell Ginger leaves.|
Mature Variegated Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) reach heights of well over 6 feet (non-variegated gets taller). Alpinia grow from underground rhizomes. New growth emerges throughout spring and summer which increases the lushness of each plant. Old stalks decline and need to be removed for optimum appearance and growth.
|Shell ginger prior to pruning.|
|Assess each stalk to determine the height you desire.|
|Ground level stalks of Shell Ginger|
|New stalk emerging from rhizome.|
|After the spring clean up process of pruning old stalks and removing dead foliage.|
Here is the 'after' affect at the ground view where only healthy and baby stalks remain post-pruning.
Shell Ginger (variegata) that is properly cared for will last for many years in your zone 9-11 garden.
Happy pruning, Meems
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