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Post: # 150215Post SarahJane
Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:09 pm

Have any of you grown ginger?

I read up on it a little, bought a big ginger root and soaked it for a while, cut it into 3 and I have put it in a large pot of compost in a sunny position. I am just keeping my fingers crossed!

But I wondered if any of you have any success in growing it. :flower:

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Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:06 pm

I read recently (I am forever reading stuff and forgetting where :roll: ) that it needs hot temperatures to grow, I think it was 30oC.... which I don't think I'd even get in my poly-tunnel for very long.

But then on the BBC Grow Your Own Drugs program, he said it grows easily in a green house.

I'd love to grow some, let me know how you get on :mrgreen:
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Sun Apr 12, 2009 5:21 am

I tried once many years ago and all that happened was the ginger rotted in the pot. Nothing grew! :(
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Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:10 am

I have a piece in a pot in my conservatory with a little green shoot on it, about half an inch high! pbf.

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Post: # 150292Post Green Aura
Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:38 am

We managed to grow a fair-sized plant, several years ago. It got to about 15-18" tall then I think we went on hols or something - anyway it died.

It's easy to grow, and makes a lovely houseplant.
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Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:02 pm

I'm sure I've heard somewhere that it's relatively easy to grow! I went on holiday to Zanzibar a few years back and went on a spice garden tour. We were shown through an area of ginger plants there and they are indeed very pretty, in a jagged leafy kind of way!

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Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:31 pm

Im just about to give ginger a go, I was told that it doesn't like to much water.

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Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:19 pm

I got it to grow once, but the area was too shady and it starved. I'd like to try it again but I'm waiting until I have my own place.

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Post: # 150854Post Loobyloo
Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:36 am

This all sounds very interesting

Quick question: How do you harvest the root once you have an established plant? Is it simply dig it up and kill the plant?

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Post: # 150865Post Green Aura
Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:23 pm

I think you dig it up and then replant a section with plant attached - a bit like splitting Irises.
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Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:56 am

I grow ginger - very easy to grow, but it does like warm and dry so greenhouse or conservatory preferably, but it does like a big deep pot.

I grew mine from a big piece of shop bought ginger root, one with lots of nodules on, and then left it to hang in a dark place, a couple of months later and nearly every nodule has a green shoot - detach those with a portion of the original root and plant about 10 cms deep, in dry sandy soil, water once, cover up with plastic bottle cloche type thing for the heat and leave - if nothing happens after a couple of weeks, water again, cover and leave again, once it starts to grow it is quite slow, but it will fill a builders bucket sized plant pot with roots within a couple of years, just dig them up, separate and replant smaller sprouting nodules.
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Post: # 151082Post SarahJane
Sun Apr 19, 2009 12:32 pm

Well I planted mine a weel or so ago, in a large pot, watered well and placed in the warmest part of the garden.
I gave it another quick water last night. I am just keeping my fingers crossed!
All I did was but a large piece of shop bought root, with plently of nodules on, split into three and planted all three in the pot.

I will let you know what happens. :flower:

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Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:40 am

Mine has grown a bit more! it's very exciting! pbf

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Post: # 151249Post Annpan
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:47 am

Oh.... I have a bit of ginger in the fridge just now... I think I will give this a bash :cheers:
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Post: # 151254Post Cheezy
Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:00 pm

I've grown it before, it's especially easy at this time of the year with nodules showing on shop bought ginger.

You need a big wide and deep pot as it will produce root into this. When you plant it, I read somewhere to leave a nodule just showing on the soil surface (a bit like irises etc.) However my ginger didn't sprout from this node, but on further down and a bit more covered, so go figure!. I was trying to see if I could get a ginger lillie flower, but although it was in the kitchen on a window sill the cold air at night blackend the leaves. After a whole season the root had doubled in size, but the old bit was inedible as it was stringy.

So a bit of fun, but it's not going to make you ssish in ginger , not in Europe anyway!.
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