Plant Care Variegated Shell Ginger

Variegated Shell Ginger

About Variegated Shell Ginger

Variegated Shell Ginger is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Variegated Shell Ginger belongs to the Alpinia genus, and is native to Eastern Asia.

Taxonomy

Alpinia zerumbet
Alpinia
Zingiberaceae
Zingiberales

Also known as

Pink Shell Ginger

How to care for Variegated Shell Ginger

Water

How often to water your Variegated Shell Ginger

Water needs for Variegated Shell Ginger
0.5 cups
every 9

Variegated Shell Ginger needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Variegated Shell Ginger

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Variegated Shell Ginger in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Variegated Shell Ginger: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Variegated Shell Ginger love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Variegated Shell Ginger does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize Variegated Shell Ginger

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Variegated Shell Ginger: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Variegated Shell Ginger after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Variegated Shell Ginger is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Sunlight Needs
Toxicity
Growing Outdoors
Propagation

Care Summary for Variegated Shell Ginger

Variegated Shell Ginger

Variegated Shell Ginger


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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