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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Aug 1, 2021 3:06 PM CST
Would love to hear your tales of woe or success. And see any pics! Z. officinale - bought roots @ a farmer market for eating, but I went with growing instead.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Aug 1, 2021 6:03 PM CST
I would think they would be hardy in winter...all Zingibers go dormant in winter and come back in Spring. We were Zone 8B here before we got reclassified as 9A in I think 2010. Zingibers totally hardy here no matter what the zone was/is
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purpleinopp
Aug 1, 2021 6:06 PM CST
Thank you! The database here says min.Z10, but maybe that's for evergreen-ness.
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Aug 1, 2021 7:32 PM CST
Yeah. They are up from about late March early April to end of October/early November here. Then the greenery just disappears. Most Zingibers are basal bloomers, Pinecone gingers. This is an ornamental one that I really like. Z. collinsii 'Silver Streaks'. This is a small starter plant I am going to trade locally this week
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purpleinopp
Aug 1, 2021 7:56 PM CST
Sounds like I should leave one in the ground to see if it comes back. : )
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crawgarden
Aug 1, 2021 8:01 PM CST
I have a containerized Tumeric and an Ann Bishop Ginger, for approx 4 years, living in the Tundra, I just bring them in before a frost and place them in the basement, dark and coolish, add a little water occasionally and they come back every year.
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Aug 2, 2021 6:47 AM CST
@purpleinopp, you can get a root from the grocery store and plant it and it will grow. Or the Farm Market like you did. Even if you have to do it as an annual, which I don;t believe you will, its cheap and easily replaceable, unlike other more ornamental gingers. TBH, to me, the blooms of the 'kitchen ginger' are nondescript. If you have ever seen the larger relative (inedible) Pinecone Ginger/SHampoo Ginger/ Awapuhi (Zingiber zerumbet) Its a much much smaller version of that but the 'pinecones' stay mostly green.

I have a friend who belongs to one of those farm store food coop programs. One of the things they grow is Turmeric. Curcuma longa. They get much more produce out of this program than they can use so they share it with other people. Last season they gave me like 50 tubers of fresh turmeric. I knew I would not use it, so I put it in a paper bag and saved it overwinter. Planted it a couple weeks ago and its coming up now.
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purpleinopp
Aug 2, 2021 7:09 AM CST
Very informative, thank you very much!
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Aug 2, 2021 8:59 AM CST
Found a few interesting articles and it sounds like it should go very well where I am. I never trust articles without some personal anecdotes to back them up. I want to eat some, keep enough going to eat more later. I never see beautiful ginger roots @ the grocery like the one I bought.

Evergreen-ness would be nice, but, being from OH, being evergreen has never been an important qualification for me for landscape plants for visual requirements or to be considered hardy. And I appreciate being able to notice & remove any baby trees that were sneakily camouflaged in or behind summer growth, or it just so hot I didn't care until it cooled off. But it seems that Floridians in particular are hung-up on it. Not a dig @ all, @ Floridians, or anyone's preference for evergreen plants. The reason I mention it is that a lot of these plants are under-rated for their root-hardiness, not listed as hardy @ all for zones lower than where the plant would stay evergreen. There's a whole category of plants that can be used in the landscape as herbaceous perennials that don't get any attention for being hardy. I've found a few so far, surviving for years in various spots in my yard. I think this is a lot easier than bringing them inside for a few mos. Getting off-topic here, but it started by propagating & putting houseplants in the ground "as annuals" and having too many to bring back inside. I started a discussion about plants like this. https://garden.org/thread/go/9...
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Name: Gina
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Gina1960
Aug 2, 2021 12:20 PM CST
I understand that completely. It doesn't have to be evergreen for me, as long as it DOES come back up. I really don't do annuals. I know a lot of peeps love annuals, but, I want staying power and bang for the buck. The gingers that have a normal dormancy period are great plants to have. The Zingibers, Curcumas, Schomburghkias, and Kaempferia are reliable to return year after year, and their stands only get bigger. The heedychiums, costus and alpinias (except for the ultra tropicals like A. purpurata and some of the fuzzy zone 10-11 costus like osae and some others) will stay up unless they freeze. But then they just resume growth in spring like nothing ever happened.

I don;t buy things that I have to dig, mainly because, I won;t remember to dig them. And, things like tulips, or hyacinth, or snowdrops, or any bulbs like that besides amaryllis, give you a flower for maybe 2 days here. The heat frazzles them almost immediately.

I found out quite by accident that the White Bat Plant is hardy here. The black is not, nor is the green, but the white can take a licking and keep on ticking
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purpleinopp
Aug 2, 2021 12:47 PM CST
Sounds like you've found what you like. ; ) Sounds lovely!
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