Home Grown Ginger

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by dianehodges, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. dianehodges

    dianehodges Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I purchased a ginger root from the grocery store,planted it with soil from the yard and potting soil There is a spot near my door that got plenty of sunshine, so I put it there This is a very pretty plant and almost completely edible As it grows the leaves make a wonderful tea or can be cut and put in your favorite salad The root of course has many uses Perhaps it was the root i happened to buy but I found it to be very spicy and much more gingery I've only done this once but I am starting more plants to see if I can get one to blossom The

    flowers are suppose to be very fragrant[​IMG]
     
  2. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunny side up :)
    I grow grocery store ginger as well. It smells fabulous when you crush the leaves with your fingers. Kinda lemony. They are very easy to grow. I got one to flower in a pot. The cones are green and the true flowers are little and white...not really showy but kinda cool. I have some out in the garden with my butterfly gingers as well. We cook a lot of asian food here so growing ginger is useful.
     
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Is this likely to be an indoor plant up here in NEw ENgland, or can I grow it as an annual in the summer?
     
  4. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    When I was living up North I was growing it as a potted plant.. I think with as cold as it gets up there you would either have to dig it up in the fall or consider it an annual since I believe the root would rot if it was left outside all winter.
     
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    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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  6. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    If you don't keep it potted year round then yeah.. dig it up from the yard in the fall and repot it into barely damp soil. then put it some place cool but above freezing so the tops die back.. just water it maybe once a month to keep it from drying the root out.
    In about february or so start watering it again and bring it back into a warmer room so it can start growing again
    then it can go back outside after the danger of frost is over.

    I kept mine potted when I lived up there so all I did was bring it and and stored it in an unheated room... then treated it as I just described above
     
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    RE the potted plants--HOw do you harvest the roots? OR is use limited to the leaves and flowers?
     
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  8. Going Bhonkers

    Going Bhonkers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had no idea the leaves were edible too! Um... how do you cook them?
     
  9. dianehodges

    dianehodges Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Plant need a temp of at least 55 degrees Have mine in a pot and bring it in when it turns cold You can take pieces of the root and the plant will continue to grow Good luck
     
  10. dianehodges

    dianehodges Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never cooked them just sliced up a few leaves and added to salad Makes excellent tea also
     

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