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Alpinia 'Federation Lady' is a perennial, clumping tropical plant with beautiful pink long lasting flowers. It grows from a rhizome, and has attractive broad green leaves. It will flower from spring to autumn, and all year round in warmer areas. It is a magnificent cut flower, which can last up to 21 days. It is best for tropical to sub tropical areas, as it is not frost tolerant. It can be grown in warmer temperate areas in warm spots and greenhouses. It is also good for large containers. It is suitable as an indoor plant for bright areas, but should be rested outdoors in a semi shaded spot from time to time. If it is subjected to colder temperatures, it can die down, but will reshoot again in warmer temperatures.
Alpinias like free draining soils with plenty of organic matter. They like a semi shaded position. Regular applications of fertiliser every 4-6 weeks, and regular watering will ensure good growth of the plant. Mulching of the plant will conserve soil moisture and will minimise weed competition.
Alpinia 'Federation Lady' is an Australian bred plant.
Flower colour: pink
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter
Maximum height: 4 metres
Minimum height: 3 metres
Maximum width: 3 metres
Minimum width: not specified
Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds, insects, bees.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.0-6.5
Red spider mite
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.