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GINGER GROWING INFORMATION
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BOTANICAL NAME: Zingiber officinale
keong; khing; gung; halia; jahe; luya; shooga
Zingiberaceae, the ginger family
Ginger is a perennial herb native to Asia that grows 1 metre tall with underground rhizomes. The leaves
are light green, thin and strap-like. The flowers are green and insignificant. It is native to monsoon
forests and requires a well-drained soil, frost-free climate and 1500 mm of rain annually or
supplementary irrigation. It thrives best on loamy or alluvial fertile soils and likes the addition of
well-rotted manure or compost. It cannot stand waterlogging. Light shade is required, this is provided
by pigeon pea in India. In a permaculture system it is a useful understorey plant.
Ginger rhizomes are widely used to flavour cakes, chutneys, curries, candies and beverages. They are
sold dry, powdered, preserved in syrup or crystallised. Very young rhizomes, known as stem ginger or
green ginger, are peeled and eaten raw in salads, pickled or cooked in syrup. Young, slightly spicy
shoots can be used as a vegetable.
Plant in spring, when the soil has warmed up, 5-10 cm deep. Ginger is often planted on ridges, usually
about 30 cm apart and with 15-23 cm between plants. The crop is planted by setts (small rhizomes) with
one or two buds. Approximately 840 -1700 kg of setts are required to plant one hectare. Expected yield
would be 10 to 25 t/ha of fresh ginger.
Rhizomes are harvested about 8 months after planting, when the leaves have yellowed or died. It
is possible for the home gardener to just dig carefully at the side of a clump and remove rhizomes as
needed rather than harvesting the whole clump.
Not to TAS or WA
SORRY but due to quarantine restrictions between Australian States no plants at all can be ordered
by residents of TAS
. These restrictions
are very important as they prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases. No potatoes, garlic, shallots
or strawberries can be sent to SA
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