Growing Ginger

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09 Aug 12 lebo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
i would like to plant ginger and i am in gauteng - will it grow ? where can i get seeds or seedlings for ginger regards lebo
09 Aug 12 Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Ginger is easiest to grow from a piece of root. If you can get a piece of fresh ginger root then you can start a plant from that. Just let it dry out a bit and start sprouting shoots, then plant a couple of cm deep so the shoots stick above the ground.
12 Aug 12 Lebo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi Chris, I want to plant for the local market, where can i get the shoots in large amounts Regards Lebo
10 Dec 13 Hendrik (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi Lebo, one cannot usually buy ginger for planting in the way that you can buy for example onion seedlings. You will have to go to a market and look for fresh ginger with "growing buds" at the tips. Buy only ones that have small buds that start sprouting. Cut the ginger in piece with a few growing buds per piece and plant. You obviously have to buy a lot. Note that it seems ginger takes about 2 years to maturity or at least 5 months to first probability of harvesting. If you harvest in that way you will need to buy more "roots" or tubers to start with. Best to let it mature and then you will have enough to sell and continue your production.
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