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Zingiber officinale ~ Ginger Plant Care Guide


Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.

Ginger cultivation began in South Asia and has since spread to East Africa and the Caribbean.[2]

History ~ Herbal Remedies and more here at original link




Growing Ginger Root ~ Zingiber Officinale (True Ginger)

Growing Ginger

How to Grow Edible Ginger Root




26 responses

  1. fresh ground ginger is absolute must in chutney

    July 23, 2013 at 12:43 am

    • I love it fresh, cut in small cubes and chew it while I walk around town 😀
      Told ya, I got 2 roots in large pots ready for spring 😉 ..Perhaps I put them a bit too early in mid winter, but any way, …Wish me luck

      July 23, 2013 at 2:34 am

      • good luck, am going to try this too next spring 🙂 keep me updated on how it goes

        July 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

  2. You are going to need all the luck you can get with ginger depending where you live ;). We have the ornamental plain or garden variety going nuts all over the place (the one with the yellow flower) but regular ginger and the real ornamentals are a step too far for frosty old Norther Tasmania 🙂

    July 23, 2013 at 3:59 am

    • thank you, i am thinking they are like canna lilies or glads up here in north. have to take them out and store them over winter.

      July 23, 2013 at 9:27 am

      • We have a teeny tiny clump of cannas but I am going to get heaps more as aside from them being hardy as heck (we don’t get cold enough here to have to dig them up) they have edible roots as well so make good insurance and food forest food sources :). I don’t have any gladioli’s but we have lots of irises that we inherited and you wouldn’t believe how hardy they are! We had some growing in a chook pen that we built (hens) and they are still coming up despite the hens laying waste to just about every single green thing in there!

        July 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      • yes they do make good food reserve, the “preppers” love them. i don’t have any here, my ex mother in law had some she dutifully planted and stored yearly. i love glads more than cannas and i do not have any here this year. i do plant them but i always miss the deadline on getting them out of ground. this year i could not find bulbs locally when wanting to plant … worked out ok, just planted more veggies 🙂

        July 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      • Smart girl! Can’t go wrong with more veggies 🙂

        July 23, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      • lol 🙂 i really am a lazy gardener, i love it but the high maintenance plants are not for me. never had any luck wintering over geraniums either, and now i don’t even bother to plant them.

        i do so love a big vase of glads though, they are so beautiful.

        July 23, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      • Geraniums grow amazingly well in Australia. It’s like the Med here ;). I adore the red ones but so do the wallabies and because we have some bushland behind our home and our dogs are contained inside a compounded area around our home the native wildlife has free reign at night time and MAN do they take advantage! We have to protect any and everything that they might take a fancy to and that we want to keep. The things that we have had to do to just harvest a few veggies is amazing. All summer it was fighting a battle with the possums who wanted to eat every single thing in my veggie garden and the wallabies would nibble the tops off anything stupid enough to stick it’s head out of my fortified wire contained garden. They would tag-team together with the wallabies pushing in the wire and the possums stealing anything that they could reach their rotten little arms in to get. I ended up with a “cube” of bean foliage after they harvested everything they could reach in and grab but you would be amazed at how many dried beans I got from a cube! I kept them to resow this year as I adore borlotti beans and now I have an (almost) fully enclosed garden (it will be by summer) they have BUCKLIES and none chance of stealing my borlotties! 🙂

        July 23, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      • day lilies might work for you too, need to do post about them

        July 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      • Yup, more food in bulbs :). They are also pretty hardy here. I am thinking about planting a small forest of them down in our lower acre where we have spindly tea trees (Melaleuca alternifolia) in a sort of wooded area that would be perfect for a mass invasion of gorgeousness. Arums and gorgeous but entirely foetid Dracunculus vulgaris (Dragon or stink lilies) are already down there so adding some more ground covering hardy perennials would be a good idea, especially if they (unlike arums and stink lilies!) have edible properties. We are not preppers, we are permaculturalists, a very different thing (we like to share 😉 ) but there is a bit of a fine line between us when it comes to trying to “save”. The big difference is that most preppers want to save themselves and we permaculturalists want to save the world 🙂

        July 23, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      • 🙂 what i don’t get is the government can take away all the food you have stored if they put in place martial law, so what’s the point? to me is better to have self sustaining “ecosystem” of your own and teach others how to also. if we were further out from village i would have farm animals as well, really miss them.

        July 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      • Good luck to the government bothering to come 50km out into the bush to find our stash ;). As you say, best to keep it liquidated in forest form ;). We have chooks and a duck. The chooks eat everything in the garden (mostly the plants) and scratch the moist earth up from around everything and in return give us a few eggs that we have to hunt for if we can be bothered to spend half a day for a miserly pile. The duck eats everything that the chooks, the possums and the wallabies can’t eat. We have a whole ecosystem of beneficial pests here! 😉 there is even one crowing under the deck right now at 3.45am. “Good on you rooster!” 😉

        July 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      • lol

        July 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      • omg one of my old neighbors had to go to court over his rooster lol. a person came out to serve him some kind of court subpoena and he got torn up. too funny, any one with any sense knows roosters are very territorial and protective. they said one more attack and they were sending the law after the rooster lol, i would love to see that show 🙂

        July 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      • Our roosters don’t attack aside from attacking your sleep with their crowing ;). If any of them were so foolish as to attack us, we have Earl, the wonderdog who would just LOVE the chance to teach them a lesson 😉

        July 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      • he didn’t attack his owner or anyone on property with owner present but he was a guardian of the property. when i fed and watered him when neighbor was away i did it from the bed of truck 😉

        July 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      • Our roosters are kept skitty by the local feral cat population. They aren’t too sure of themselves and Earl has pulled (and plucked the rear end) of the biggest rooster when he foolishly sat on the gate and crowed with his back to Earl so they know that life is fleeting! 😉

        July 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      • lol, poor Rooster 🙂

        July 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    • The closest living relations to cannas are the other plant families of the order Zingiberales, that is the Zingiberaceae (gingers), Musaceae (bananas), Marantaceae, Heliconiaceae, Strelitziaceae, etc.

      July 23, 2013 at 10:02 am

      • We have a small strelitzia that we liberated from a pile of blackberries that seems to be coming back nicely. Another incredibly hardy plant and one that is welcome here on Serendipity Farm. The possums and wallabies don’t seem to have a taste for any of them. We can’t grow Heliconia here as they are too frost tender and not all that sure what the “Marantaceae” family look like (might have to go hunting and see ;)… DUH! Maranteas! Lovely leaves :). We have a banana plant in the glasshouse but it isn’t ever going to do any good so I dare say that can’t be classed as something we are “growing” here ;). Gotta get a lot more cannas though as they grow like weeds here in Tassie (along with gladi’s friends the Watsonia brought in as a garden plant from South Africa and gone feral like a lot of South African plants).

        July 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      • i would love to grow bananas or plantains yummy, there is snowballs chance in hell here. not even going to attempt 🙂

        July 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      • I bought one from a local nursery just as a laugh but it kept growing. I actually had 2 but one died. Now it’s just one sad looking specimen. I am just waiting for it to shuffle off… sad really

        July 23, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      • that is sad, i really hate when that happens. my son bought me a miniature rose bush for valentines. he did not know that it had to be well protected in paper bag when transporting and the people selling him the plant either did not know or care. i tried to save it, but not … pretty sad especially when was a gift 😦

        July 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      • Someone planted a miniature rose here on the property and it just keeps getting it’s leaves eaten by the possums. They adore rose leaves and will strip the entire plant. I don’t know how it survives with no leaves but its a little green stick that just keeps on. It has been like that since we moved here 3 years ago! Plants are so resiliant 🙂

        July 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

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