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  Re: ginger
From: "Robert Wagner" <robwagner at robwagner.seanet.com> on 1997.04.09 at 08:26:21(592)

Yes, you can harvest Ginger roots. For fully ripened Ginger, you let it
grow to the end of the growing season--maybe even let the first winter
frost knock down the tops. Let it dry off just a bit, and store it in a
cool spot. For young Ginger, you harvest it after it has grown some new
rhizomes but before it is fully ripe and while the tops are still green.

You probably have Zingiber officionalis--common culinary Ginger. It should
have no trouble overwintering as long as the soil doesn't freeze--try
giving it a bit of a mulch if that's a problem. Even hardier is Z. myoga,
Japanese Ginger, which will probably overwinter in the Mid-Atlantic states.
Like most Gingers, they like hot summers, rich, moist soil, and cool dry
winters. Given these conditions you should easily be able to get them to
harvestable size.

Culinary Ginger is a shy bloomer, but the blossoms are cute. Most of its
relations are more generous with their exotically beautiful flowers. You'll
notice that the foliage is rather handsome, too.

Robert

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