Most people grow ginger for the rhizomes (or roots) which develop underground and contain the most intense flavor. To harvest ginger, youll need to dig up the plant entirely or cut off just a piece of a rhizome. Then, after a thorough washing, your ginger will be ready to cook or freeze.
Is ginger grown in the ground?
Youll want to find a location thats in full to partial shade with rich, loamy, and well-draining soil for planting. This is naturally an understory plant that thrives in hot and humid jungle-like conditions with dappled sunlight. Ginger can be grown directly in the ground or in pots (more on that later).
How is ginger farmed?
In early spring, plant parts of the underground rhizomes. Plant the rhizomes 6 to 8 inches apart, 2 to 4 inches deep, and with the growth buds pointing upward. They can be planted whole or in smaller pieces with a couple of growing buds each. Ginger plants will grow to about 2 to 3 feet tall.
Is ginger a perennial?
Ginger, (Zingiber officinale), herbaceous perennial plant of the family Zingiberaceae, probably native to southeastern Asia, or its aromatic, pungent rhizome (underground stem) used as a spice, flavouring, food, and medicine.
Is ginger a profitable crop?
Primarily grown for its roots used in cooking, ginger is a tropical plant thats tasty, sought-after and unique – and it can be profitable. Although seeds from a previous years harvest can be used, Driscoll recommends purchasing new seed to avoid plant diseases.
Is there a season for ginger?
It is planted in summer-spring and harvested in winter. It takes 8 to 10 months to mature. In winter when the leaves starts dying, harvest ginger. It can also be grown indoors, where the plant isnt so season dependent.