Common Ginger (Zingiber officinale) in the Gingers Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: pale yellow with a purple lip
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Terrariums
Bog gardening
Uses: Culinary Herb
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Division
Other: needs constant high humidity & high temperatures (minimum 68 degs)
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Young plant that I grow inside over the winter.

Grow Your Own Turmeric from the Grocery StoreGrow Your Own Turmeric from the Grocery Store
May 4, 2012

If you've ever eaten East Indian food, you've probably tasted turmeric, the bright yellow, pungent spice. It's usually found in powdered form, but it can also be eaten freshly sliced from the root. Would you believe that you can grow it yourself from tubers that are found in most international markets? If that doesn't catch your attention, you can also grow these same tubers/rhizomes into lovely blooming gingers for your summer garden before you harvest the roots in fall for turmeric.

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Plant Events from our members
CommonCents On October 28, 2015 Seeds sown
Not seeds, but rather rhizomes. Planted first batch for early 2016 season. Rhizomes were 'fresh ginger root' from local grocery store.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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id by RuuddeBlock Mar 13, 2016 3:45 PM 0
Can you Id this houseplant? by DebbieC May 14, 2019 8:00 PM 7
What to do with ginger? by GraceHazel Sep 5, 2018 7:22 AM 1
Unusual plants for hanging baskets by Cinta Nov 3, 2016 9:48 AM 13
Looking for a positive ginger ID please? by pod Aug 31, 2014 11:48 AM 29
Some type of ginger or ginger ally? by Carter Oct 14, 2013 7:44 PM 10
Growing tropicals in the north by eclayne Sep 29, 2015 7:33 PM 898

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