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Ginger Zingiber officinale

How to sow ginger: Direct seed roots outdoors

Sun requirement for ginger: Plant in Partial Sun

Ginger has been planted 8 times by Growstuff members.

Ginger is a flowering, perennial, herbaceous plant native to Southern Asia’s tropical rainforests. It is in the Zingiberaceae family, which also includes turmeric. Ginger is grown for its root, which is also called Ginger, and as an ornamental. The ginger root is a rhizome that produces thin annual stems with narrow green leaves and clusters of white and pink flower buds that open into yellow flowers. Ginger needs ample moisture and fertilizer and temperatures between 21.6 and 25°C. Temperatures below 9°C can kill the plant, and it will not germinate in cold soil. Ginger prefers sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. It can be grown in containers or greenhouses in colder climates to extend the growing season. Propagate ginger by planting rhizomes or roots. It can be harvested after 4-6 months as “Baby Ginger.” Baby Ginger does not have a skin on it yet - instead the rhizome is pink and cream-colored, very tender and juicy, and less spicy. Mature ginger has fibrous, dry, yellow flesh with a tan skin and spicier flavor. Ginger takes 10-12 months to mature and is harvested when the stalk has withered. Ginger can be used to season dishes, steeped into a tea, or candied. Ayurveda and other traditional medicines use ginger to reduce pain and inflammation, soothe upset stomachs, and boost metabolism.

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Predictions

Perennial

living more than two years

First harvest expected

140 weeks after planting

Height

100cm

Spread

25cm

Row Spacing

20cm

Photos

Ginger crops

Ginger plantings

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Ginger harvests

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Sunniness

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Varieties

aromatic ginger

aromatic ginger

  Kaempferia galanga
Chinese ginger

Chinese ginger

  Boesenbergia rotunda
greater galangal

greater galangal

  Alpinia galanga
lesser galangal

lesser galangal

  Alpinia officinarum
grains of paradise

grains of paradise

  Aframomum melegueta

Crop Map

Only plantings by members who have set their locations are shown on this map.

What people are saying about ginger

I'm in Thornbury, in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Our landlords won't let us replace the lawn with a veg garden, so we can only plant in containers. I'm on my usual sprin...