Edible Ginger - Zingiber officinale
APPEARANCE: This lush tropical herbaceous perennial showcases glossy evergreen foliage. Its white buds unfold into yellow flowers, while red buds reveal red blooms. An appealing garden specimen, valued for its edible tangy roots used in both culinary and medicinal applications.
USEAGE: Ideal for edible or tropical gardens or containers, prefers shaded areas.
CLIMATE: Best suited for subtropical or tropical climates; safeguard from frost.
PLANTING: Plant in nutrient-rich, well-draining soil in partial to full shade - best time is during early spring. This optimal time for planting ensures growth throughout spring and summer, leading to root harvest from autumn into early winter. An earlier harvest yields a milder flavor.
CARE: Mulch and consistently water until the plant establishes itself, typically around 12 weeks when you will see lush green follage. Maintain regular watering during growth, particularly in dry spells. Trim stems to the ground if the plant appears unruly; new shoots will replace those pruned. Regular fertilization with organic liquid or compost encourages lush new growth. The plants will enter dormancy during winter.