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New York, NY
Gwinny
Dec 4, 2017 10:10 PM CST
Hi! I bought some Hawaiian white ginger tubers at a farmer's market in CA about a month ago. The farmer told me I just had to plant them (not too deep), keep the soil moist and keep the plant away from direct sunlight. Well, it's been just about a month and nothing has sprouted yet. Is this normal? Help!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 5, 2017 10:12 AM CST
I believe, wrong time of year.
Needs to be after soil warms up in spring. Could of also been treated with growth retardant. I've herd of people that soak them in water for a few days, to leach retardant out.

Not all people who sell at farmer's market, grow what they sell. Some are not farmers at all.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
New York, NY
Gwinny
Dec 5, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Thank you for your response! I should've mentioned that I'm growing them inside. Does the time of year still matter...? The soil is quite warm in my apartment.

That being said, is it too late for me to pull them out of the soil and soak them in water as you mentioned above? I really appreciate your help... also the guy I brought them from did grow them himself (he was even a native Hawaiian, a true rarity for a New Yorker such as myself!)
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Dec 5, 2017 5:53 PM CST
I don't suppose it would hurt. Plus, you could see if there trying to sprout.
If they were freshly picked, they may need some resting time before they start to grow, maybe in refrigerator.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
New York, NY
Gwinny
Dec 5, 2017 6:40 PM CST
Thanks, I'll give it a shot :)
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Dec 5, 2017 8:48 PM CST
Um, have to disagree with Philip. I would not put them in the refrigerator, Gwinny. These are warmth loving plants. The coldest they ever get here when they are underground and dormant is about 60deg. F.

I would just give them extra water and keep them warm. In New York at this time of year some morning sun would not go amiss, either. Even here in Florida, my white gingers get a little bit of sun until May or so. I think warmth is the key to get them to start growing.

Are you watering them with warm water also? Cold water out of the tap might set them back as it cools the soil off, too. If they're not showing some sprouts in the next couple of weeks I think I would be tempted to investigate what's going on in that pot.
Elaine

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New York, NY
Gwinny
Dec 5, 2017 9:16 PM CST
I wasn't going to put them in the fridge actually, but I was thinking about putting the tubers into water.

I'm definitely keeping them warm - NYC apartments are usually overheated, haha. I've been watering them with room temperature water, but can switch it to warm if you think that's better. They are in my front window (Southern exposure) so they are getting a small amount of sun as well.

I'll keep trying with warm water for the time being, then check the tubers in a few weeks' time. I appreciate your input!

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