Image Finger Root Ginger Plant (Krachai, Chinese Keys) with broad tropical green leaves and reddish stem.

Finger Root Ginger (Krachai)


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Calling all Thai and Indonesian food lovers!  If you struggle to find that magic ingredient, Krachai or  Temu Kunci in the shops, you can now grow it yourself!  Otherwise known as Fingerroot Ginger or Chinese Keys, this edible tropical has broad soft green leaves and pale lilac flowers that look gorgeous in a patio pot.

Urban Bounty Fingerroot Ginger plants are sold in1.5 litre pots.  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 Fingerroot Ginger (Krachai, Temu Kunci, Chinese Keys)?

Fingerroot Ginger is a perennial tropical spice that is part of the Ginger family.  It is widely cultivated in Thailand, and native to Indonesia, Malaysia and China. 

In the right conditions, this plant grows between 50 - 70 cm high.  Its broad green leaves and pale lilac flowers look stunning in a pot or in a tropical garden setting. The edible part of the plant is the roots/rhizomes, which resemble a bunch of long, beige-coloured baby carrots.   

Culinary Uses for Fingerroot Ginger (Krachai, Temu Kunci, Chinese Keys) 

Fingerroot Ginger has a heady, aromatic and spicy flavour.  The roots and heart of the stems are widely used in Thai and Javanese cuisine.  They can be grated raw into salads or made into pickles to accompany rice dishes. The roots are also perfect for spicing up seafood soups and curries, and can also be used to make Indonesian Tempeh (fermented soya bean cake). In Thailand, the young leaves, shoots and rhizomes are finely sliced and steamed in banana leaves with coconut and spices, adding a flavour bomb to family mealtimes.

Growing Conditions Fingerroot Ginger (Krachai, Temu Kunci, Chinese Keys)?

Plant Fingerroot Ginger from late spring - late summer, once the soil has warmed up.  We recommend that you also plant a few complementary tropical edibles like Chillies, Coriander and Lemon Grass nearby so you have all you favourites to hand for cooking.

Fingerroot Ginger thrives in warm but forest-like conditions - rich and moist but well drained soil, regular water and part shade.  A true tropical, it also needs shelter from wind and frost.    Harvest the rhizomes (roots) when the leaves of the plant have yellowed or died, before pruning back in winter. 

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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