(Zingiber officinale) Ginger root is the rhizome or underground stem of this Asian plant. Ginger root can be harvested at any time, but plants require several months of hot and fairly humid conditions to make the maximum yield. Plants may reach 4 feet in height. Mature roots are plump and sleek outside, white, juicy and aromatic within. May be grown outdoors in full sun in most of the country, lifting mature roots before ground freezes in autumn. Replant smaller roots next spring, preferably starting early in a sunny windowsill or greenhouse. Please consider these terms before ordering live plants: Most plants will be 3”-7” in height. Please make sure you are ready for your order in your zone as these young, tender plants generally have no resistance to cold.
Plant Care Instructions:
Perennial in Zone 7 and above. In Zones 6 and colder, grow in pots, to bring indoors for the winter. Transplant to gallon-sized pot (with drainage holes), filled with rich, well-drained potting soil. Planting in the ground, set plants 1 foot apart into sandy loam soil that is slightly acidic. Plant ginger in partial shade or morning sun only. Keep well watered (never waterlogged) when young, then let the soil dry out as foliage begins to brown in the fall, (this is pre-harvest time). WARNING: PLANTS ARE VERY YOUNG AND TENDER. DO NOT PUT THEM OUTSIDE UNTIL ALL DANGER OF FROST HAS PASSED.
(Alpinia galanga)- This ginger relative makes dense and pungent rhizomes, perfect for Southeast Asian and Arabic cuisine. A beautiful tropical, the plants reach an impressive 6 ½ feet tall. Galangal can be grown outdoors as a frost-sensitive perennial in USDA zones 9-10, but northern gardeners can grow this cold-sensitive plant in a pot, much like ginger or turmeric, bringing it inside when the weather turns cold. Galangal is native to Java; its rhizomes are similar to ginger, but notably stronger in flavor and harder to cut into. Galangal is essential to so many Thai dishes that it is nicknamed Thai Ginger.