Hedychium densiflorum

Hedychium densiflorum

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rhizomatous perennial plant, native to Asia; it forms large clumps of long lanceolate leaves, dark green or bluish green, depending on the species. The dense bushes can reach 100-120 cm in height over the years. In summer they produce long, slightly fleshy arched stems, at the apex of which numerous very showy flowers bloom, gathered in panicles, delicately scented, white, red or orange. Exotic looking plant, which can also be used in the apartment.


For a good growth it is advisable to put the Hedychium densiflorum in a sunny place, or partially shaded, sheltered from the wind; during the summer months it is advisable to repair the plants from the direct sun, especially during the hottest hours of the day. The specimens of Hedychium densiflorum can bear temperatures a few degrees below zero; in areas with very cold winters it is advisable to cultivate the hedychium in a container, so as to be able to move the pots in a sheltered place with the arrival of cold weather.
These plants are easily cultivable, both in the ground and in pots and, for this reason, they are commonly used in gardens and terraces. The easy cultivation makes them perfect even for those who do not have a particularly developed green thumb, since they only require the need to be sheltered if the external temperatures are too rigid.


Speaking of which are the right techniques for watering this type of plant, from March to October it is good to water Hedychium densiflorum frequently, keeping the soil slightly damp, and avoiding the excesses that can form water stagnations. During the cold months only the specimens grown in the apartment are watered. From spring to autumn, provide fertilizer for flowering plants, every 15-20 days, mixed with the water used for watering.


The specimens belonging to this particular variety are grown in rich, loose, soft, well-drained soil. The specimens grown in pots are repotted every 2-3 years.
For a strong and vigorous growth it is good, in the planting phase, to prepare a substratum composed of soil with the addition of sand, to ensure good water drainage and make it lighter.


The multiplication of this type of plant usually takes place by seed, during the spring season; in autumn it is possible to divide the rhizomes, trying to keep some well-developed roots in each portion practiced. These rhizomes must be rooted in soil mixed with sand, keeping them in the container until the following spring, when they can be transplanted.
They are easy-to-grow plants that are suitable both for pot cultivation and for open land.

Hedychium densiflorum: Pests and diseases

Plants of this type turn out to be rather resistant and rustic and, usually, are not attacked by pests or diseases. In the case of soil with inadequate characteristics that does not allow proper drainage, however, the specimens belonging to this variety may be attacked by root rot, which is very dangerous for the health of the Hedychium densiflorum.