Roscoea Planting Advice

Planting Advice for Roscoea tubers

Please keep the tubers moist at all times and plant them as soon as possible after receiving them. They are quite brittle so handle them carefully to avoid breaking off any roots.

Where to plant Roscoea

Roscoea grow well in light or dappled shade. They grow in any moist, free draining soil. Their tuberous, fleshy roots (similar in appearance to dahlia) become dormant in late autumn through to spring. Strap shaped leaves appear from April onwards – some come up as late as June in the case of R. ‘Red Gurka’. It is worth marking their planting position with a cane or label so that they don’t get overlooked when forking over your flower border!

Planting in Pots/Containers

Plant each tuber in a pot or container at least 18cm deep in free draining multi-purpose compost. Make sure that the crown of the plant is at least 10-15cm from the surface. Some frost protection is recommended during severe weather.

Planting in the Garden

Roscoea are frost hardy in the garden when planted at the right depth. Plant the crown of the tuber at least 10-15cm below the surface of the soil.


Water well after planting and as the plant establishes. Ensure that they don’t suffer from drought in the summer or waterlogging in the winter.