This tropical plant, loves plenty of heat and humidity. Though it may find a temporary home in a partially shady spot of your summer garden, pot/container culture is more practical for an extended growing period. The way to start ginger is to cut the root (rhizome) into 1-2” sections but long enough to include several healthy-looking, well-developed growth buds. Let the cut ends callous over (dry out) a day or so, then plant just below the soil surface in fertile, well-drained soil. Water sparingly until top growth develops, otherwise the rhizome could rot. Once established, water heavily, fertilize monthly, and keep in a partially shaded location. Provided with adequate space, ginger can reach a height of 4′ with a 2-3 foot spread. Bring in before temperatures drop below 10’C (50’F). Rhizomes may rot in cold wet soil. Allow several months growth before harvesting to allow rhizomes to reach adequate size. With care, new sections may be harvested while allowing the remainder to continue growing.
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|Sunlight: Part to Full||Growth Rate: Vigorous||Drought Tolerance: Mild|
|Full Size (WxH): 2m x 2m||Ideal Min Temp: 15'C (59'F)||Min Temp Tolerated: 10'C (50'F)|
|Fruit Colour: Rhizome||Harvest: As needed||Year(s) to bear fruit: Take only what you need, and enjoy it year round if grown in containers. Harvest before it reaches 10'C/50'F if grown outside.|
|Prop. Method: Division/ TC||Fertility: N/A||Chill Hours Required: 100. Start hours after leaves have senesced and fallen off.|
|Description: This is a great selection of edible yellow ginger root that produces rhizomes quickly. These rhizomes can be dug as soon as 4-6 months in ground or from a container. Store bought ginger root is mature, fibrous, & extra spicy. "Baby Ginger", which is harvested juvenile, is becoming more and more popular in the culinary arts. It is more mild, tender & does not need to be peeled. The shelf life is about 1-2 weeks at room temperature. This makes it an ideal plant to have in the home garden/container, where it can be harvested fresh as needed.|