Alpinia Zerumbet (ginger shell)

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Hidden behind a strange name, Alpinia Zerumbet, is a very beautiful tropical plant. Also called ginger shell, this plant with a very decorative appearance has wide green leaves marbled with yellow. Although very rare, its flowers are greenish-white with pink ends.

Quick information:

  • Family: Zingiberaceae
  • Type: rhizomatous herbaceous perennial
  • Origin: Asia
  • Color: greenish-white flowers
  • Exposure: subdued sun
  • Flowering : summer
  • Soil: potting soil
  • Height: up to 2.5 meters in a natural environment

Location and location:

Alpinia zerumbet is a rhizomatous plant that can withstand temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F). However, when the temperature is below 5°C (41°F), it will be impossible for it to bloom. In a typical apartment temperature, between 18 and 25°C (64 and 77°F), ginger shell can flourish without problems.

Being native to tropical forests, it is a plant that is used to living under the cover of trees. So she doesn’t like to be subjected directly to the sun’s rays and she likes moisture. Place it in a semi-sunny room or near a window that receives only the morning sun.


During summer and spring, the watering of alpinia zerumbet is done regularly, but moderately. The ideal is to water when the soil is dry on the surface. When the soil dries, do not wait too long before watering, especially during high temperatures since the plant may suffer. In winter, wait until the soil is dry for a few centimeters before watering again. Preferably, water alpinia zerumbet with water at room temperature earlier than water that is too cold. The temperature difference could induce significant stress for the plant. If the leaves turn yellow and become softer, be sure to improve the drainage of your plant’s soil.


Repotting is essential if you want your plant to bloom again. The older and larger the plant, the more repotting is needed. In the early stages, repotting every 2 or 3 years is enough. Then it depends on the size of the shrub. When repotting, choose a pot with a slightly larger diameter and make sure that the bottom of the pot is pierced. Be careful, repotting in a pot that is too large will cause the roots to get lost in the soil and the plant may die.