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Zingiber officinale
Zingiber officinale

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Zones 9, 14-31, H1, H2
Partial Sun
Ample WaterRegular Water
Ample, Moderate

Zingiber officinale

True Ginger

This tropical Asian plant’s rhizomes are the source of the ginger root used in cooking. Grows to 2–4 ft. tall, with indefinite spread. Narrow, glossy bright green leaves to 1 ft. Summer flowers are yellowish green, with a purple lip marked yellow; they are only rarely seen and not especially showy. Needs heat and humidity. Grown commercially in Hawaii.

Buy roots (fresh, not dried) at the grocery store in early spring; cut into 1–2-in.-long sections, each with well-developed growth buds. Let cut ends of the sections dry, then plant just below the surface of rich, moist soil (container culture is common). Water cautiously until top and root growth are active. Feed once a month. Plants are dormant in winter; rhizomes may rot in cold, wet soil. Harvest roots at any time—but allow several months after planting for them to reach some size. 

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