Alpinia Caerulea 'Redback'-BUSH TUCKA-Edible-Solar Plexus Chakra-25 seeds
Ideal sowing temp: 22C+
Position: Full Sun or Part Shade.
Sowing: 3mm deep in sandy, well-draining soil.
Sprouting: 60-80 days (at 18-25C).
Flowers: Spring and Summer.
Chakra: Solar Plexus.
Shade-loving perennial to 2m high and 1m wide, found mainly in rainforest understories of Northern NSW and Southern QLD. A delicious native ginger, similar to galangal: mild, sweet and spicy, with large knobbly roots. Has reddish foliage and fragrant white flowers that appear in warmer months, followed by bright blue edible berries. Grows fast and produces roots abundantly. Suitable for growing in gaps, containers, pots, borders, narrow poolside beds, mass plantings, hedging & screening.
Water regularly during dry periods. Prune stems to the ground if plants become untidy, new shoots will replace those removed. Fertilise regularly using an organic liquid fertiliser for lush new growth.
The flavour is milder than ginger so you can just chew the root as it is. The leaves can be used for wrapping green vegetables, yams, or fish in before baking, just like you would use banana leaf or foil. The root can be used to make curry, spice blend, desserts, jams, marmalades, candies, tea, and ginger beer, in place of regular ginger. The plant produces a beautiful blue fruit with a pleasant lemony-ginger flavour that can be used to moisten the mouth while hiking (the seeds are not edible).
The Chakra Garden cannot take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.
Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant therapeutically.
Please note: This item is seeds only, NOT live plants! Quarantine restrictions prohibit us selling or shipping this item to WA, Norfolk Island, Tasmania, or Internationally.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.