Gardening Questions And Answers
Conditions. Moist, well-draining soil is optimal for ginger plants. The best soils for draining and moisture retention include sandy or loamy mixtures. Create a soil mixture using one part sand and one part compost for optimal drainage, as well as the proper amount of organic matter for fertilization.
You’ll want to find a location that’s in full to partial shade with rich, loamy, and well-draining soil for planting. This is naturally an understory plant that thrives in hot and humid jungle-like conditions with dappled sunlight. Ginger can be grown directly in the ground or in pots (more on that later).
Grasp the base of the stem with the dead or dying blossom. Use pruning shears to cut the stem off near the base of the plant. Ginger plant stems only produce one blossom before dying, so pruning these off makes the plant more attractive. Prune these stems continuously throughout the year each time a bloom […]
Pollination. The flowers of Wild Ginger are located at the base of the plant well below the leaves. Both the color and scent of the flower attracts its pollinators: gnats and flies. Like many spring wildflowers, the seeds of Wild Ginger are spread by ants which are attracted to the seeds’ fleshy elaisosome appendages.
Bacterial Wilt. Caused by a bacteria that enters the vascular tissue of ginger plants and multiplies until the shoots and leaves are unable to get enough water and nutrients to survive, bacterial wilt is evident by signs of water stress despite adequate watering and leaves yellowing from bottom to top.
Look for firm, light-colored ginger roots with bumpy little buds at the tips. Organic ginger is preferable, as regular grocery store ginger is treated with chemicals that prevent sprouting. Prepare a deep pot with a drainage hole in the bottom. Keep in mind that the thumb-size chunk may grow into a 36-inch (91 cm.)