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evone
Nov 7, 2016 7:51 AM CST
I really want to buy many ginger and turmeric roots for planting in the spring. Here is my question... could you use a food saver the ones that suck out all the air for save the roots from spoiling so I could plant them next spring?
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sooby
Nov 7, 2016 8:04 AM CST
Welcome! I think it would kill them, they need air even when dormant. I have no experience with either plant but I've read that ginger can be kept through the winter in cold climates as a houseplant on a windowsill, or stored somewhere cool in a dormant state in dryish peat moss as you would some other tender plants with rhizomes etc.
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Shadegardener
Nov 7, 2016 8:29 AM CST
evone - when you're ready to plant, you can purchase the tubers from an organic/natural food store. I went with an organic ginger root (which shouldn't be sprayed with any growth inhibitors/chemicals) a few years ago, cut it into pieces, planted it in a big pot and have had fresh ginger ever since. You can also purchase tumeric that way. I've seen a couple of different varieties of tumeric at Whole Foods.
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Philipwonel
Nov 7, 2016 10:36 AM CST
If your ground dosent freeze. I would plant them right now. Mother nature will tell them when to start growing.
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greene
Nov 7, 2016 12:05 PM CST
It's best to buy the tubers when you are ready to plant. Don't know what stores are near your location buy here in Savannah I buy the turmeric and ginger at the Krishna Indian grocery store to plant in pots.
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 7, 2016 1:30 PM CST
If you've already bought your ginger and turmeric roots, just pot them up in barely moist potting soil. put them in a cool spot and keep them cool until the weather warms up (above 50 at night) in spring.

They grow in the ground for me here, and the tops die back when the weather starts getting too cool for them. I do mulch them in case of cold nights but other than that pretty much ignore them until I see them sprouting back up in spring. Then I fertilize them and begin watering. They like lots of water and warmth when they're growing.
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