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Supermarket Ginger Plant

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Last year I grew a root of Ginger (zingiber officinale) from the supermarket. It grew a few stems a out a metre high, but it never flowered. This year I am growing scented Ginger Lilies (Hedychiums) instead. I have two..one red and one yellow. So I tipped the edible ginger root out of the pot from last year and thought you’d be interested to see the tubers now.

The. Plant when it started growing last year (took months to get started)…

And heres the tuber now. On the right is the original tuber and the paler one is what Developed during last year. So it doubled in size. Interestingly, the tubers were separate in the earth. Not joined. I have no idea why. The roots seemed to be only on the new tuber. I’m not sure where the stems were. They died off over the autumn.

The old tuber is watery and a bit bland. The new tuber is fiery and intense. They both taste of ginger, but once I tasted the new one, I realised the old one is really only good for the compost heap.

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Nice idea Karen, I grew one like you ages ago, but never thought to check if a new tuber had formed. Kicking myself now

14 Feb, 2020

 

Did you grow it in your greenhouse all year round Karen?
Tempted to have a go, its a beautiful tuber!

14 Feb, 2020

 

Karen I put a root of ginger in the cupboard many years ago and then forgot about it ,it was in a plastic tub ,when I eventually came across it it had grown roots ,I took it out and planted it , it grew so much and needed loads of water daily in the end I decided to put the pot on the edge of our fish pond ( when we had a large one ) it grew huge ,it loved it ,but then I forgot to bring it in over winter ,that was the end of that .. :o(

14 Feb, 2020

 

Thanks Grandadgardener!

Stera, I had it in the greenhouse to begin with, but it took about 3 months to start growing. I think it was too cold overnight. So then I moved it in to the house. It was m7ch happier inside. It stayed in the house until today. I cut the dying shoots down before Christmas and left it in the pot. If I hadn’t bought the Ginger Lilies I would have kept it as a houseplant, but I needed the pot.

Amy, it Must have been nice and warm in your cupboard. It does need a lot of water and also a lot of warmth.

14 Feb, 2020

 

Interesting to read Karen, I’m learning new things on here all the time.

14 Feb, 2020

 

Well done, Karen.

14 Feb, 2020

 

Thank you both! Me too Kate. I've been on here for 10 years now, and still learning new things all the time :)

14 Feb, 2020

 

Yeh! It is interesting. Hard work tho'. My Ammis seedlings have done well over the winter. They are in the greenhouse. They will be fine unless the greenhouse blows down in the wind. Hope they look as good as yours, Karen.

15 Feb, 2020

 

Thanks Linda. Amaryllis from seed?

15 Feb, 2020

 

Grew some years ago just out of curiosity and like you we found the new tubers much stronger.
enjoy eating them.

16 Feb, 2020

 

Thanks SBG

16 Feb, 2020

 

Very interesting, SBG!

16 Feb, 2020

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