A picture of a Chinese Ginger

Chinese Ginger

Boesenbergia rotunda

Also known as

Chinese-Keys, Rotund Boesenbergia

Full Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

30cm

50cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

This plant has a mild fragrance

Chinese Ginger Overview

The plant makes a wonderful addition to a tropical plant collection, as its foliage and flowers are beautiful and unique. The rhizomes of the Chinese ginger are often shaped like a bunch of fingers, where it gets its common English name, the finger root. The plant will go completely dormant in winter, dig it up and store it in a paper bag in a dark cool place and plant it again in spring.

Common problems with Chinese Ginger

No serious diseases and pests are known.

    How to harvest Chinese Ginger

    Rhizomes are harvested when the leaves have yellowed or died and the plant is in the dormant phase.

    How to propagate Chinese Ginger

    Rhizomes

    When cultivated in well-drained loam, rich in organic matter the rhizomes multiply fast-divide in dormant stage.

    Cuttings

    Plant root cuttings 5-10 cm deep, usually about 30 cm apart, and keep the soil moist.

    Other uses of Chinese Ginger

    Medicinal

    Edible

    The flavor is similar to culinary ginger (Zingiber officinale), but sweeter, and much less pungent. Goes well into curries, particularly fish curries and are often used in Thai and Indonesian cooking or use in beverages.