How to Grow Ginger

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In order to grow ginger, make sure the environment is never lower than 40 degrees, and try to grow it in the hottest and sunniest spot available. Grow ginger, a plant with beautiful red, yellow and orange flowers, with tips from an experienced gardener... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda from vanveenbulbs.com, and in this segment we're going to learn all about how to grow ginger. Ginger can be used in many, many ways, and it's a gorgeous, gorgeous plant in the garden as well. So it's from a warm tropical climate, and so a lot of people say well it's an herb, but it's from a warmer climate and there's no way that I can get it to grow. But you can, it doesn't matter where you live, you can grow it as a house plant in the winter, and throw it outside and let it bloom in the summer, because it's a really easy plant to grow. So the easiest way to buy ginger is to just buy it at the grocery store, or a lot of different flower distributors will have the different kinds of ginger as well. The ginger flowers come in many different shades, and they're gorgeous reds and yellows and oranges and they're very easy to grow, all you need is the root, so you can get the root at the grocery store, a lot of times you can plant that right into the ground and it will grow. But make sure that- do not let it get below about 40 degrees, because ginger do not like cold climates at all, and if they freeze you'll lose them. An easy way to grow ginger in colder climates, is to put it in a container, and so just leave that container in the house over the winter, and plant it about 2 or 3 inches deep, and it'll start growing out of each little nub, and it'll make a plant. So I would just in the winter time, leave it in a pot, and keep it on the moist side, but not too moist, so make sure that it's not sitting in water and it's not muddy, and it's actually kind of drying out in between. So I'd leave the soil kind of on the dry side, but a little bit of moisture as well. And then about, April, May, June, just leave it in the house, and put it in the warmest room that you have, and about May to June, you'll see a little stark come up. And my key is, as soon as it's 70 and above for a week or longer, and it's not cold at night, really not below 50 at night, then I'd throw it outside in the hottest sunniest spot that I can find, and you'll find that you can grow ginger as well, and it'll grow a green lush plant with beautiful red and yellow and orange flowers on it, and then in the fall, when it starts getting cold again, it'll die back and the leaves will turn brown, so at that point I just chop it off and throw it back in the house. And even in the fall too, you can dig it up and you'll find that the root has grown significantly, so you can cut different parts of the root off, and enjoy some in the house and replant some for the next year. If you live in a warm climate, you can throw them in the ground anytime of the year, and they'll grow and produce lush gorgeous flowers. And don't be discouraged if you don't get blooms the first year, sometimes it takes a few years to get a lot of blooms. Ginger like other rooty plants have to be really, really crowded to bloom well. So put them in a hot sunny spot and give them a few years, and you'll be amazed, you might even get blooms on them, they're beautiful plant.