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Post  littlejo on 10/12/2015, 3:17 pm

After starting my SFG, I tried to grow other things, exotic or "cannot grow this here"
I chose ginger, it is tropical, and it is supposed to bloom. It has been in my herb box since spring, no blooms. I decided to dig and overwinter in a pot. Well, the info I had said damp but not too much water. Don't believe everything on the internet. We had 13.5 + inches of rain. I went to put in a pot, it is fixing to bloom! I'll see if it is worth potting or not. Here is a couple pictures. Does anyone know what to do with ginger?

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The bloom. It has spread from 1 grocery root to about 2 ft sq. area. It has 5 blooms coming up.
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Post  walshevak on 10/12/2015, 3:52 pm

ginger is supposed to be hardy to zone 8.

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Post  littlejo on 10/12/2015, 4:46 pm

After it blooms, I may leave a portion of it in the ground. I think I'm in 8b, but we do get freezes once in a while.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/12/2015, 8:36 pm

VERY nice!  Congratulations!
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Post  walshevak on 10/12/2015, 10:16 pm

@littlejo wrote:After it blooms, I may leave a portion of it in the ground. I think I'm in 8b, but we do get freezes once in a while.

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My guess is that the foliage will die back to the ground after the frost (based on ornamental ginger lilies).  Clean the dead stuff off and mulch.  I notice pine needles in your picture.  Use them.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 10/13/2015, 3:53 am

What's the quality of the root(taste/texture?) before vs after it blooms?

I'm growing another odd(to me) root crop, horseradish, and wondering kinda the same thing.
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Post  littlejo on 10/13/2015, 8:56 am

I know that Horseradish is hot but I have no idea if blooming makes a change in either.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 10/14/2015, 3:32 pm

My 2 yr old ginger is in a pot and comes in for the winter. It has never bloomed.  Matter of fact I thought it died last winter, even inside, but it came up more than ever before this spring.

It's not at beautiful and as thick as yours, Jo, but that it's even growing in New England is amazing to me.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 10/14/2015, 5:17 pm

@Marc Iverson wrote:What's the quality of the root(taste/texture?) before vs after it blooms?

I'm growing another odd(to me) root crop, horseradish, and wondering kinda the same thing.

I have grown horseradish and it is HOT, marc
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Post  littlejo on 10/14/2015, 5:56 pm

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I did not do anything to get it to bloom, except we got rain everyday for 6 days. It drained well in the SFG.
You might give it water daily, keeping it wet for a while. Maybe that will help?
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Post  CapeCoddess on 2/21/2016, 8:49 am

 
I harvested my ginger houseplant this morning. It's not a lot but I got a weeks worth of organic ginger that I won't have to peel. I use it for inflammation. Then I repotted the plants. Don't know if that will work but we'll see.

I also cut off these little nubbins from the lighter colored pieces that I will replant in another pot.

This is kind of fun. But it does takes a long time.  I'm harvesting my first one week batch after about two and a half years.

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Post  trolleydriver on 2/21/2016, 9:03 am

That's great CC.  Not sure I would have the patience to grow ginger.
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Post  sanderson on 2/22/2016, 1:25 am

CC, such patience!

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