Plant Care Zingiber Zerumbet

Zingiber Zerumbet

About Zingiber Zerumbet

Wild Ginger is a clumping perennial that has reed-like stems and is native to tropical Asia. It is commonly grown as a houseplant or in a container that can be brought indoors over the winter. Near the end of its growing season, the flowers emerge from the ground. After flowering, the bracts become a showy shade of red. The oils from the rhizome are used in making perfumed soaps.


Zingiber zerumbet

Also known as

Bitter Ginger, Bitter Ginger, Shampoo Ginger and Pinecone Ginger

How to care for Zingiber Zerumbet


How often to water your Zingiber Zerumbet

Water needs for Zingiber Zerumbet
0.5 cups
every 7

Zingiber Zerumbet needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 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 Zingiber Zerumbet

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Bitter Ginger in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Zingiber Zerumbet: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Zingiber Zerumbet may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Zingiber Zerumbet

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Zingiber Zerumbet: 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 Zingiber Zerumbet after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Zingiber Zerumbet 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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Zingiber Zerumbet

Zingiber Zerumbet

Zingiber Zerumbet

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 3ft from a window


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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