Which Way Up?
My Hedychiums, which sat in the ground, deader than the Dodo, through 2 months of 30 degree weather, had me so frustrated that I decided to take them out and forget about growing gingers.
When I took them out of the earth, there were no roots at all, but two pinks bumps, where the rhizome skin had broken. They look like sprouts to me -- does this mean my gingers were sitting upside down all this time, and that's why they didn't grow? Shouldn't there be roots first, before the sprouts?
I've turned them over and stuck them back in the ground, with the pink bumps on top. Hope this does not kill them off entirely!
If they survive and actually grow, the next problem is that cooler weather is coming, with temps down to the low 20's.
Do gingers need to be taken inside? Would it be better to plant them in a pot and treat them as houseplants until next spring?
So many questions-- I hope some of you out ther have some answers!