Red Button Ginger, Costus plant
5 in stock
Size: Multiple shoots
Architectural in its form, with it’s many upright branches and formal shape. It flowers prolifically with many spikes of red wax like flowers. Loves full sun or part shade, its great for mass planting to cover large areas. Growing 50 to 70cm, it requires little maintenance.
Landscaping: Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses: Parks & Gardens, Coastal, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
Full Sun to Semi-Shade
Lots of Water
Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Red button ginger grows in partial sun or partial shade.2 Plant your red button ginger somewhere that receives at least four hours of direct sunlight each day. Red button ginger is also susceptible to sunburn if it’s in direct sunlight for too long, so if you can offer it some afternoon shade, that would be best.
Plant your red button ginger in a soil mixture that is moist but well-draining. It will thrive best in a rich and moderately fertile soil mix. You can increase the nutritional value of your soil by amending it with organic matter. Additionally, red button ginger can thrive in a soil mixture with a soil pH level that ranges from neutral to acidic.
Red button ginger plants love water and should be soaked regularly to maintain moist soil, requiring at least one inch of water per week. A once-weekly deep watering is sufficient in most climates, but you might need to increase your watering cadence in especially hot or dry weather. Ultimately, never let the soil dry out completely.
Temperature and Humidity
Red button ginger loves warm and humid temperatures due to its tropical nature. If temperatures remain above 50 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year, there’s a good chance it will flower continuously. Red button ginger is more hardy than it’s given credit for, and it can survive (though not flower) during chilly temperatures. After light frosts, it generally wilts and bounces back. After a hard freeze, it can sometimes grow back from its root system.
Your red button ginger plant can thrive without fertilizer if you’ve planted it in enriched soil with organic matter like compost. But, for an extra boost, you can periodically feed it a balanced, liquid fertilizer blend once a month.
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