Plant of the Week: Globba winitii
Mauve Dancing Ladies
Zingiberaceae

Globba winitii

Globba winitii is a tender perennial from Thailand. It forms clumps of mid-green, lance-shaped leaves, which has a heart-shaped base and is slightly hairy underneath.

Blooming Time: July-October. Each stem produces a terminal pendant inflorescence with mauve bracts and yellow flowers.

Culture: Globba winitii needs a well drained, slightly acidic potting mix (1 part peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite). Water it abundantly while it is growing actively. Globba needs a minimum night of temperature of 65 degrees and day temperatures of 65 degrees or higher. This plant thrives in at least 50% shade. When night temperatures fall below 65 degrees the plant goes dormant; at this time restrict watering to a minimum of once a week. Repot and divide plant when the growth period begins.

Propagation: Globba winitii is propagated by division or by seed in the spring. Start seed in a mixture of 1 part peat moss to 1 part sand, seeds germinate readily at temperatures of 65 to 72 degrees in about 21 days.

Globba winitii was featured as Plant of the Week July 30-August 5, 1999.

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