Ginger (Zingiber) Plants
FLOW-GINGER-1-5Regular price $15.00
If you are a regular stir fry lover, then you will know how much the fresh, zingy flavour a thumb of ginger can add to a dish. Stop buying the tired old roots sold in the supermarket and grow your own instead. It will taste fresher and give a lush, tropical feel to your garden.
Our Ginger plants come in a 1.5 litre pot. As this is a member of the Ginger family, we recommend that you grow this plant in a large pot. This limits spread and makes it easier to harvest.
What is Zingiber Ginger?
Zingiber Ginger is an aromatic perennial plant that grows abundantly in tropical climates. In the right conditions, they grow to about 60 - 90 cm tall, producing long, tropical green leaves.
Knobbly brown Ginger roots (rhizomes) are often used in Asian (and more recently) European cuisine. In fact, it was one of the first spices to have been exported from Asia, and was used by ancient Greeks and Romans.
Culinary Uses for Zingiber Ginger
Ginger roots can be minced, julienned or candied. Young Ginger root doesn't need to be peeled. Harvest in autumn and freeze for easy use by grating it during the year.
We love Ginger in Asian-style marinades with black bean sauce, soya sauce and garlic. Ginger adds a fresh, spicy punch to smoothies, or make a sweet and spicy ginger syrup to drizzle over a beetroot and carrot salad.
Growing Conditions - Zingiber Ginger
Ginger plants love hot humid conditions, rich loamy soil. They will grow in a sunny - partly shaded spot. Plant the rhizomes 15 - 20 cm apart, and 5 - 10 cm deep. Companion plant with Kaffir Lime, Lemongrass, Chillies, and Coriander. This plant is not rampantly invasive, but it will spread, so we recommend that you grow it in a contained space.
Fertilise during growing season and water moderately in dry periods aiming to keep the soil moist, rather than water-logged. As the weather cools, reduce watering to encourage root development. Ginger doesn't love the cold, frost, or heavy wind. If you live in an area with heavy frosts, one option is to grow it in a pot and bring the pot inside over winter.
Harvest Ginger by digging up the entire plant when it is 8 - 10 months old. Select some roots for immediate replanting, and others for use in the kitchen.