Buy ginger seeds
Interested in growing your own ginger and turmeric? Ginger, and its cousin turmeric, are rhizomes that grow underground from a seed piece (sometimes called the “mother”). The seed rhizome looks similar to the mature ginger or turmeric you find in the grocery store. However unlike the supermarket spices, the ginger and turmeric seeds we use are certified disease-free and certified organic and not treated with growth inhibitors.
Ginger and turmeric are tropical plants with a long growing season and the seed is pre-sprouted in a warm environment early in the year to insure a harvest before the weather turns cold. The rhizome is generally harvested in late September through November in order to enjoy the fresh baby ginger and turmeric before it develops a thick skin. With ginger, the fragrant leaves and stalks can also be used for teas and flavoring if harvested before cold weather causes the tops to die back.
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Ginger plants require warm soil, room to grow and plenty of fertilizer. Ginger can be grown in the ground or in containers.
HILLING GINGER (not necessary for turmeric):
- In approximately 4 to 6 weeks after planting, check the base of the ginger shoots. When a bright pink color is observed at the stem base, hill the plant with 4″ of soil and apply fertilizer.
- Every 2 to 4 weeks, repeat hilling and fertilizing.
- Beginning in late September and/or with cooler weather, the ginger and turmeric tops will begin to die back. Harvest the rhizomes by loosening the soil approximately 12″ from the base of the plant with a shovel or garden fork, then grasp the stems near the ground and pull the entire plant from the ground or container by the stalks.
- Rhizomes left in the ground after the tops have died back will start to form a thick brown skin. Soil temperatures below 50F will damage the rhizomes.
- Harvest yields depend on fertility, water, hilling, competition with weeds, and temperatures. Harvests yields depend on the growing conditions and fertility program, but typically range from 1:8 to 1:12 ratio of seed to harvest. .
Buy ginger seeds Interested in growing your own ginger and turmeric? Ginger, and its cousin turmeric, are rhizomes that grow underground from a seed piece (sometimes called the “mother”). The