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Dichorisandra thyrsifolia

dichorisandra thyrsifolia

Brazilian Ginger or 'Blue Ginger' is a Dichorisandra thyrsifolia is a tropical to sub tropical plant grown mainly for is blue flowers. Attractive glossy dark green foliage and a good upright habit, the flowers form as terminal clusters in fall.

Over time it will form a dense clump with its cane like stems and rhizomatous root system proving very sturdy. The foliage itself has a deep blue tinge on the underside to compliment the deep blue topple flower heads.

A native to South America (Peru and Brazil) it is a plant that prefers part shade and a humus rich moist but soil. Growing to around 6ft (2m) this is a frost tender plant and may need to over wintered inside in colder areas.

Propagation

Despite what you may read Dichorisandra thyrsifolia is not that easy to propagate by division of tubers, as these do not sprout. However division of clumps and stem cuttings are both satisfactory.

Division

Look for an established clump and try to carefully separate some of the healthy growing sections. Take care to have a good part of the root system attached to each division.
Best to keep divisions large with 4 - 5 stems in a division.

Prune back the stems by 50 % to reduce stress, but make sure you still have some foliage on them

Stem Cuttings

An easier method is to propagate from stem cuttings. Simply find a long healthy stem.

You will notice nodes on the stem. Cut the stem into sections with 4 - 5 nodes on each section. Simply plant them in a free draining potting soil. Try to keep these cuttings humid until signs of new growth are evident.