Add composted cow manure and top soil (or organic peat moss) to the hole when you plant. Choose a well-drained area or this plant won't do well. No trimming is needed other than to do a warm-weather pruning for size and/or to remove a dead leaf now and then. Although these plants don't mind dry conditions, they'll look their best with regular irrigation timed so that the soil has a chance to dry out between waterings. Fertilize 3 times a year - in spring, summer, and fall - with a top quality granular fertilizer.
- Light Needs: Partial Shade or Full Sun
- Watering Needs: It is not drought-tolerant, so it requires frequent watering, especially if planted in full sun.
Variegated ginger - sometimes called "shell ginger" - dominates the tropical shade garden with striped green and yellow leaves and a wide-spreading habit. This handsome and impressive plant takes center stage anywhere it's planted. It works as a surround for trees or palms, a filler for a corner bed, or an anchor plant for a mixed garden.