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Common Ginger Zingiber officinale

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Description

While it thrives in zones 9-12, you can grow this tropical plant in a container or as an annual in cooler climates.  Purchase fresh ginger rhizomes in spring and cut into short pieces each with several healthy buds.  After the cuts have dried out for a day or two plant them just below the surface of the soil in a partially shady spot with plenty of room for the plant to grow to its mature size of 4' high X 3' wide. To avoid root rot water sparingly until the plant starts to grow, then water and fertilize regularly.  If potted, bring the plant inside before the temperatures drop below 50 degrees F. to avoid root rot in wet, cold soil. Carefully harvest several rhizomes to allow the remainder to continue to grow.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#edible roots
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#edible roots
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Zingiber
    Species:
    Officinale
    Family:
    Zingiberaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical Asia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a, 12b, 12a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden