Alpinia is the broadest genus within the ginger family (Zingiberaceae) from tropical to subtropocal areas in Australasia, whereas Hedychium or Ginger Lilies has some 50 species from warm temperate regions in Madagascar and Asia. They are evergreen to herbaceous perennials with strong underground rhizomes. Many species have most ornamental, tall stalks and showy whitish, creamy-white, yellow, orange or purplish-red flowers surrounded by sometimes most colorful bracts (e.g. bright red bracts in Alpinia purpurata). All are easily grown in large pots or containers in any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny (winter) to partially shaded (summer) spot. In winter keep plants slightly drier at a minimum of some 15°C. Several species will do dormant in winter and resprout in spring.
Sow flat at minimum of some 20°C throughout the year in any well drained, humus rich substrate in full sun.
10 seeds per package or per rhizome (length given in cm).