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Name: Uzair Suria
Karachi, Pakistan
uzairsuria
Nov 17, 2017 8:07 AM CST
Hi,

I am facing lack of information regarding growing galangal from rhizomes bough from supermarket. Galangal is not something that is used frequently in my country, and there is only one place (quite far away) in my city that I know of where galangals are sold. Therefore I was hoping to grow them on my own.

Most of the videos on Youtube shows how to harvest and replant the galangal, but no guidance for initial planting of galangal.
And other guides that I have read on internet have conflicting information, like one guide said to refrigerate the rhizome for two weeks then plant them (either by cutting it into different eye segments or just plant them wholly), other said to cut the rhizomes so that each piece has at least two eyes, and leave them for a week so that the pieces are healed from where the cuts have been made.

I need some basic guidelines for growing galangal from store bought rhizomes and the expected timeline of different stages (sprouting, and harvesting).

The galangal available from local market is refrigerated, so please also take this into consideration

Here is a little info about the climate where I live

Max Temp: 40 C (about 104 F)
Min Temp: 17 C (about 64 F)
Humidity is High in summers going up to 85% while low in winters and goes as low as 60%

Thanks in advanced

Regards,
Uzair Aziz Suria
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Zencat
Nov 17, 2017 2:17 PM CST
I'm interested in knowing the answer too, as I've never heard of galangal.
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greene
Nov 17, 2017 2:38 PM CST
There are several types of galanga/galangal. Please, which are you growing?

My friend in Thailand grows a very tall one named Aplinia galangal. Here is some she harvested in 2014.
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Link to database for same plant:
Greater Galangal (Alpinia galanga)

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Name: Uzair Suria
Karachi, Pakistan
uzairsuria
Nov 17, 2017 9:31 PM CST
greene said:There are several types of galanga/galangal. Please, which are you growing?

My friend in Thailand grows a very tall one named Aplinia galangal. Here is some she harvested in 2014.
Thumb of 2017-11-17/greene/339720

Link to database for same plant:
Greater Galangal (Alpinia galanga)



Hi, thanks for the reply.

I am trying to grow 'Greater Galangal/Alpinia Galanga'.

P.S. Sorry for not being specific earlier

Regards,
Uzair Aziz Suria
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Ursula
Nov 18, 2017 8:39 AM CST
I would just select a good piece of Supermarket - Galangal which shows a couple of healthy nodes and then simply plant it in the garden or in a pot with some topsoil over it.
A few years ago I looked at my leftover Ginger in the kitchen as we were leaving on vacation. On a whim I planted the piece in the garden as it was Summer here and to my surprise it took off and it grew really well. That Fall I dug it up and moved it to a pot to grow indoors over the Winter here. I haven't bought any Ginger since then!
I could imagine Galangal grows similarly!

Here is a nice link , also explaining when to harvest.
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Name: Uzair Suria
Karachi, Pakistan
uzairsuria
Nov 21, 2017 3:32 AM CST
Ursula said:I would just select a good piece of Supermarket - Galangal which shows a couple of healthy nodes and then simply plant it in the garden or in a pot with some topsoil over it.
A few years ago I looked at my leftover Ginger in the kitchen as we were leaving on vacation. On a whim I planted the piece in the garden as it was Summer here and to my surprise it took off and it grew really well. That Fall I dug it up and moved it to a pot to grow indoors over the Winter here. I haven't bought any Ginger since then!
I could imagine Galangal grows similarly!

Here is a nice link, also explaining when to harvest.


Thanks for the reply. Sorry I was unable to reply to you earlier.

The link you shared does provide me with answers to my question, and I hope the information given will be enough for me to plant my own galangal.

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