edible ginger...

wallisadiApril 5, 2012

googled it and said it doesn't bloom much....nice!

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gardengimp(9B Seminole Cnty FL)

This is beautiful! I lost mine in our second soft freeze. Did you have yours under protection?

~dianne

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 9:46PM
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westhamutd

Those blossoms are prettier than the variegated ornamental ginger I used to grow,when I lived in S.Florida.I potted a root of fresh edible ginger a couple of weeks ago,any idea how long it takes to sprout?Many thanks.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 11:27PM
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wallisadi

bought this in a pot from hd. tag listed it as "edible ginger." nothing else, rest of the gingers in the hd were ornamental. had to rely on google for my info. showed the same blooms. have split it up in three locations and the side yard with the most sun is where it bloomed. not the best location, mixed in with a bunch of Xanadu's. cold hardy here.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 6:39AM
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corar4gw(JAX9A)

My 'super market' ginger was damaged by the cold snap, too. But when I dumped the pot, there was good, viable ginger root growing - the cold damaged parts were at or near the surface.
I 'planted' and lost a dozen pieces of ginger before I discovered one doesn't 'plant' ginger; one simply makes a slight depression in the soil and sets the piece of ginger root in it. Keep it moist and in a week or two, you will see signs of growth. Being this far north, I plant in pots in order to move them to shelter during cold snaps.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 7:50AM
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westhamutd

Many thanks,I will give that method a try.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 8:27AM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Cora,

Thank you for the planting technique. Glad to be educated! Is the same method used for Variegated Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata')? Does shell ginger have a root/tuber similar to the edible kind? I have only purchased growing, potted plants - never just a root - so I don't know.

Carol in Jax

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 8:59AM
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katkin_gw

All gingers have a tuber like that, and I read that all are edible, but not all taste good. ;o)

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 9:59AM
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corar4gw(JAX9A)

From the number of gingers I've lost, I'm guessing ALL gingers must require little or no soil over the initial planting. My 'planted' ones just rotted. OTH, the ones I tossed on the compost, thrived.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2012 at 5:58AM
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