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Ginger

Zingiber officinale

Also known as

Common Ginger, Canton Ginger, East Indian Ginger, Ginger Root, Jamaica Ginger, Red Ginger, Stem Ginger, Garden Ginger

Partial Shade
Easy care
Frequent watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Ginger Overview

Zingiber officinale is a perennial plant with long strap-like leaves and a pungent edible rhizome, commonly known as Ginger. Growing your own is easy and rewarding. Once planted, Ginger only needs water and patience to mature into a delicious, spicy ingredient.

Common problems with Ginger

Treating seed with Bordeaux mixture prior to planting and solarizing the soil can help to reduce the incidence of the disease, Bacterial soft rot. Chinese rose beetles are attracted to dim light and repelled by bright light, shining a ​bright light on plants may help deter them from feeding.

    Ginger Companion Plants

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    Rocket

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    How to harvest Ginger

    Rhizomes will be ready to harvest in autumn, approximately 8 months after planting. Harvest the rhizomes of the season's young shoots as the older rhizomes tend to be more fibrous. Allow the rhizomes to cure in the sun before storing them in a cool dry place.

    How to propagate Ginger

    Division

    Each piece of ginger requires 20 cm of space. Use larger pieces if you need to save space.

    Rhizomes

    Cut or break up the ginger rhizomes in little pieces with a couple of growing buds each. Plant rhizomes as soon as the nodules start to swell and sprout.

    Seed

    Propagation is from fresh seeds.

    Special features of Ginger

    Crop rotation

    Medium Feeder

    Indoor plant

    Ginger makes an ideal houseplant.

    Other uses of Ginger

    Culinary, medicinal

    Medicinal

    Ginger is used to treat various disorders such as nausea and arthritis pain.

    Edible

    Ginger is delicious fresh, dried or pickled.