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Blue ginger
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

Unrelated to the \"true\" gingers, Blue Ginger is actually a tropical cousin of the popular houseplant known as Wandering Jew. Famous for its showy clusters of dark blue flowers,it likes partial shade and warm humidity and does not tolerate frost. Grow it in a protected spot with other tropical plants and fertilize it regularly to keep it looking its best.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost.

  • February
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost.

  • March
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Prune

        Cut back plants to keep them bushy and force new growth.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    • Plant

        Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Prune

        Cut back plants to keep them bushy and force new growth.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year's new growth.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    • Plant

        Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year's new growth.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    • Plant

        Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year's new growth.

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    • Plant

        Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    • Plant

        Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

    • Plant

        Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

  • October
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

  • November
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost.

  • December
    • Fertilize

        Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

    • Water

        Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

    • Protect

        Protect from frost.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
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            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

            • May

              Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

            • June

              Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

            • July

              Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

            • August

              Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

            • September

              Buy in containers from nurseries, or order by mail from a reputable source.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

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            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • April

              Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

            • May

              Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

            • June

              Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

            • July

              Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

            • August

              Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

            • September

              Plant in partial to full shade, either in a container or (in the most frost-free climates) in the ground. Choose a warm, humid location that is protected from stong winds and frost, and use a rich, fast-draining soil mix that contains plenty of organic material.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • February

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • March

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • April

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • May

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • June

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • July

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • August

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • September

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • October

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • November

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

              • December

                Fertilize once or twice a month with a balanced liquid plant food.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • February

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • March

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • April

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • May

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • June

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • July

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • August

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • September

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • October

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • November

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

              • December

                Water regularly, especially when the weather is warm.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Cut back plants to keep them bushy and force new growth.

              • April

                Cut back plants to keep them bushy and force new growth.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Protect

                When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • January

                  Protect from frost.

                • February

                  Protect from frost.

                • November

                  Protect from frost.

                • December

                  Protect from frost.

              • Pest/Disease Inspection

                What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

                • April

                  Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

                • May

                  Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

                • June

                  Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

                • July

                  Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

                • August

                  Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

                • September

                  Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

                • October

                  Watch for mealybugs and aphids, especially in locations with poor air circulation. Watch for snails and slugs.

              • Treat for Pest/Disease

                How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • March

                  Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

                • April

                  Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

                • May

                  Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

                • June

                  Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

                • July

                  Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

                • August

                  Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

                • September

                  Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

                • October

                  Wash off foliage pests with a strong jet of water. If snails and slugs are a problem, bait with a product containing iron phosphate.

              • Transplant

                When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

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                •  May
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                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • Propagate

                  When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                  •  Jan
                  •  Feb
                  •  Mar
                  •  Apr
                  •  May
                  •  Jun
                  •  Jul
                  •  Aug
                  •  Sep
                  •  Oct
                  •  Nov
                  •  Dec
                  • April

                    Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year\'s new growth.

                  • May

                    Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year\'s new growth.

                  • June

                    Propagate by taking 6-inch stem cuttings from the current year\'s new growth.

                • Harvest

                  When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

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                  •  Dec
                  • Special requirements

                    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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