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Please give me information on how to grow ginger. How long will it take for it to be ready to harvest?
Hardiness Zone: 11
You're lucky. You live in the perfect climate to grow Ginger outdoors. Start ginger from 1 to 1 1/2 inch long rhizomes (roots) that contain at least one eye. If you're using ginger roots from the grocery store or specialty store, look for firm, smooth roots with plenty of "eyes." Slice the roots into sections a few days before planting so that the cut surfaces have time to cure (dry). This will help reduce the chance of decay setting in once the roots are planted. Ginger does poorly in full sun so choose a site with partial shade.
Lay the rhizomes down flat, eyes up, and press them lightly into the soil. Plant them in well-prepared beds or in pots filled with high quality potting mix. A 12-inch pot will hold 3 rhizomes nicely. Cover the roots with an inch of soil. Keep everything soil moist, but not wet. The roots need temperatures of 75ºF to 80ºF to germinate. The length of time to maturity depends on your end use. For fresh use, dig up the tubers in 5 to 6 months. They will be tender, less pungent and lower in fiber content. Ginger that you plan on drying or using for essential oils can be harvested in 8-9 months when the leaves start to yellow and the roots are at their most pungent. If you see new sprouts popping up in front of the main plants, they will have formed their own tubers. Use their leaves and stems anytime or dig up the tubers and replant them.
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I started a ginger plant from a root. It's indoors now ( I live in Montana). It's about 3 feet tall with one stem and several leaves and looks healthy, but not very pretty. Can I cut the top and will this make it bush out some? Thank you for your help.
By Annette S
I live in zone 7B-8A and many gingers will overwinter in the ground here. There are some that are more tropical. But, as far as I know they all need filtered light, and lots of humidity. In your climate I would put the pot in a large saucer filled with pebbles, place a couple of long plant supports (taller than the plant) in the pot and place a clear plastic bag over it, put it in an east window with morning light only, and water when dry. Don't fertilize in the winter. This should create a greenhouse for your plant until you can put it outside, under a tree, in summer. But, if it's happy, they can get very big.
How do I grow ginger?
By Margaret from Victoria
Hi Margaret, I live in Qld which probably will make it easier to grow. You can start a ginger plant by buying some ginger and leaving it in a warm spot inside, I leave mine in a bowl in the kitchen. it will after a while start to shoot. Cut this off with about 1/2 inch of plant behind it. Leave that to heal or dry out along the cut line. Get a planter pot when you have say 4-6 pieces struck, give them plenty of room to grow, make a hole in the potting mix place it in with the green sprout up just cover.
Can I grow ginger from an existing piece of ginger purchased from fruit grocery shop?
Yes you can. Make sure it is fresh and has "buds" on it. You can just lay it on top of the soil and it will grow. For in-depth info go to tropicalpermaculture.com where they have a lot of great info about growing ginger and other plants from produce you buy at the store. The plant in the lower right is ginger I grew by cutting a piece and sticking it in the ground. Be patient. It took mine several months to get to this point.
How do I plant Ginger to eat?
Hardiness Zone: 11
By Antoinette Perry from HI
Some of the things I grow from the grocery store are green onions, I plant the bottom inch with the roots, garlic if my red, brown and white onion have sprouted and of course potatoes, growing sweet potatoes are a little tricky you have to have them sprout then snap off a 3 in sprout set it in a glass of water, once roots form then you get to plant those, I have started basil rosemary and all types of tomatoes, I just put the seeds on a paper towel to dry and then plant them, several difference squashes and pumpkin from saved seeds. In fact 1 of my peach trees is from a store bought peach. I have done ginger also in fact I have 1 sprout in the kitchen that needs to be potted.
You can grow your own ginger from a root purchased at the market. Not only will you be able to enjoy the blooms, the new roots can be used for cooking or medicinally.