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Etlingera elatior edible pink torch ginger in WA

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Kaffir starts with ...
Does anyone in Western Australia have any rhizomes or seeds of Etlingera elatior, edible pink torch ginger? I would like to try growing it in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

All the online nurseries that I've found that stock torch ginger varieties seem to be in Queensland and either don't ship at all to WA or add the $300 quarantine seed inspection fee. Oh the strict WA quarantine laws!

www.towenmounttropicals.com.au/
www.elarishtropicalexotics.com/
www.bambooland.com.au/

Although the varieties of torch ginger are very pretty and decorative, I would like to try to grow it for culinary reasons.

Grateful if anyone can help me out.
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Kaffir
South Hedland WA 6722
8th January 2014 6:06am
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trikus says...
is it on the allowed list ?
your picture is different to the real bunga katan
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Kaffir says...
Hi trikus,

According to this site, http://www.biosecurity.wa.gov.au/organisms, it's permitted.

Regarding the photo, I just copied it from one of the online nurseries above. Yes, your photo is of the variety I'm familiar with as 'Bunga Kantan/Bunga Siantan'. Bunga siantan though also refers to some other non-edible flower I think.

Are you growing those in the photos you posted? How difficult or expensive would it be to send some rhizomes to me in Port Hedland?

The only fairly exotic thing I can think of that I have at the moment in return would be some Broome chilli seeds.

Cheers,
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11th January 2014 4:28pm
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Kaffir says...
Hi Trikus,

I'm still trying to source bunga kantan (Etlingera elatior) edible torch ginger in Western Australia. Any source or advice is appreciated.

Cheers,

Jay
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24th April 2014 12:32am
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trikuslaptop1 says...
yes pictured plant is growing in my garden .. it has set seed before ..might be worth trying that ..
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Kimberley Gardener says...
I recently purchased some from

http://www.ebay.com.au/usr/kenni_koala_seeds?_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2754

Kenni_Koala_Seeds on Ebay.

They haven't arrived yet but it's a start. Very hard for West Australians, especially when you are purchasing plants which are not suited to Perth/SW.
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Kaffir says...
Hi Kimberley Gardener,

Please update when seeds arrive and if they germinate. Might follow your lead.

Cheers,
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28th April 2014 11:52pm
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trikus says...
Just found some seed pods in my clump ... may be another few months maturing .
pods pictured here ready in Aug a few years ago .
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MaryT says...
Any chance of growing this in Sydney, trikus? If so I'd like to give it a go - may I get some seeds from you. Happy to pay. Thanks.
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Kaffir says...
Hi Kimberly Gardener,

How did your bunga kantan seeds go? Any germination? Now that it's starting to warm up in the Pilbara, I'm thinking of giving bunga kantan a go.

Would love to find a source of seeds without the exorbitant quarantine fee.

Cheers,

Kaffir
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Dorte says...
They took a couple of months to germinate, I had all but given up. If you follow the ebay link, Kenni sent me the seeds without the quarantine feeds.
They are still very small plants but it's just nice to get them going finally!
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Happiness says...
I know paradise distributors carry Nicolaia elatior (etlingera elatior) in red and pink. They also carry some other ginger varieties. They are in queensland but they batch their orders together so the bill is split and it only costs $30 to get them. I ordered a lot of different plants from then, including an acerola cherry a miracle plant and globba winitii thai beauty (ornamental ginger) the plants arrived when they said and were all healthy and protected with moistened newspaper. All plants are going really well a year on, have had lots of flowers from the thai beauty and have even had babies which have made great gifts (only problem is our dog loves eating the flowers, so we have to cut them for the vase promptly)
website: http://www.paraplants.com.au/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&category_id=4&product_id=1404&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1
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Happiness says...
Oh yeah, I live in W.A. postcode is 6101 and my ornamental ginger is going great (it's the purple and yellow flowering one I've posted above)
I grew up in Port Hedland, our garden up there was epic, everything loves the tropics and grew so well.
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Adelene says...
Hi Happiness,

Do you have any bunga kantan plants for sale?
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