Alpinia malaccensis is from Indonesia and Malaysia. It grows to over 4 meters tall. Its slow to spread sideways. This beautiful tropical plant is becoming a popular tropical house plant as well as a landscape plant in warmer climates. It will become a very beautiful, elegant plant.
In November and December the flowers emerge above the leaves enclosed in a conical sheath which splits to reveal a sumptuous cluster of fat pink and white buds. Arranged like a Christmas tree, the lowest ones open first to reveal a yellow, mouth-like interior, vividly veined in bright red. The leaves are olive green, subtly striped with lime green lines, silky hairy beneath, reaching almost 1 meter long.
Hardiness zones 8-11, (5ºC/40ºF, -10ºC/15ºF) in Winter. It won't flower if it gets frost. The plant will die back with freezing temperatures. In cold climates, rhizomes can be dug up and stored indoors for the Winter in vermiculite. As a houseplant, it must have bright light and humid conditions. They do well in any good garden soil that is rich in organic matter, and regular feeding with a balanced fertilizer will keep this plant healthy.
This plant usually has few pest problems but the leaves will brown on the edges if the soil is not kept moist or if touched by frost. Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings. Part shade is ideal for this plant, it appreciates some afternoon shade in hot Summer climates. Germination Soak seeds overnight in warm water. Plant 1/2" deep in mixture ofrich soil. Keep warm, moist and in bright light. Germination can be slow.