Alpinan - Torch Ginger
Common Names: Ginger, Ostrich Plume, Torch Ginger, Shell Ginger, Shell Flower
Botanical names: Alpinan (al-PIN-ee-ah)
Vase life: 14 to 21 days
Storage temperatures: 55 - 65 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: No
Description: A large flower head composed of multiple bracts at the end of a long thick stalk. There are many varieties of ginger, each flower head with a distinctive shape.
Color: Red and pink most common. Also available are white, yellow and cream.
Botanical facts: This species was named after the Italian botanist, Prosper Alpinus.
Design notes: Ginger provides a strong vertical line. The flower heads give a wonderful texture to a floral design.
Purchasing hints: Purchase ginger with brightly colored, turgid flower heads and fresh green foliage. Avoid stems with wilted bracts or foliage. Avoid blossoms that are discolored (grayish/bluish).
Conditioning: Cut with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage. Use a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food after hydration. If the blossoms are wilted, soak the entire flower head in room temperature water for 30 minutes.
Additional notes: Avoid temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Some species of ginger are chill sensitive and will discolor if held at cool temperatures.