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Question: The first year I planted my variegated ginger, it grew fabulously. Not being a green thumb, I didn't know how to cut it back. It's about to enter it's 3rd growing season and looks awful because of my poor trimming techniques. Please tell me the proper way to trim it to keep it from getting out of control.

Answer: Lisa,

The basic pruning technique is to remove entire shoots at near the soil level when the foliage gets to looking ragged. The plant will send up new shoots to replace them in time. To prevent it from spreading too much either place a vertical barrier ofsome sort in the soil around the plant or periodically dig up plant from the edges and discard them or share with friends.

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