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Grow Your Own Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) is a tropical plant which grows in shaded swamps, so in the UK it normally needs a bit of help to get started. We have been growing ginger from tubers for 3 years now and this year, despite the grey spring, our ginger crop  are looking better than ever.

We buy our tubers in directly from the himalayas so that we can be sure of their pedigree but the same principles will work with shop bought ginger tubers as long as they are nice and fresh.

First off, ginger needs heat, they won’t germinate properly outside in the UK so start them off indoors on a warm windowsill. We start ours on heated benches in March and have found that shallow trays keeps the tubers nice and close to the heat. The same principle would work in an airing cupboard or over a radiator but make sure you keep them wet as well as warm.

First ginger shoots

First signs of life, April 2013

As the days get longer and the weather warms up you should soon start to see shoots and by the end of May this years gingers were starting to look really nice and bushy.

Ginger plants

Fresh foliage May 2013

Now of course, we are growing for show, so as well as potting about a 100 for plant sales at Hampton Court we have also been busy planting the biggest and bushiest specimens up for the display. Spikes on these are now over 30cm tall and we have planted a couple of tubers together in 3L pots to get a bushier look. It takes a good man (or in this case woman day) to pot up all the tubers, but with 3 more weeks to fill out we’re hoping they will really stand out on the stand this year.

Potting Ginger Plants

Fran potting Ginger plants middle of June

There is nothing quite like cooking with fresh ingredients and fresh ginger is no exception. Used fresh it is much juicier than the dried roots we are used to buying in the shops and has a subtley different flavour. We’ll be talking more about how to use home grown Ginger at Hampton Court Flower Show so if you are in the area do come along. We’ll be in the Growing Tastes marquee all week and ginger will feature in both our thai and indian themed cookery sessions

Potted ginger plants

3 weeks to go and filling out nicely ready for plant sales at Hampton Court

Tuesday 9th July 2013

4.30pm Thai Herbs and Spices – Growing and cooking with them at Home – Emily Rae

Wednesday 10th July 2013

5.30pm Indian Herbs and Spices – Growing and cooking with them at Home – Emily Rae

Thursday 11th July 2013

4.30pm Thai Herbs and Spices – Growing and cooking with them at Home – Emily Rae

Saturday 13th July2013

4.30pm Indian Herbs and Spices – Growing and cooking with them at Home – Emily Rae

Sessions are free but tickets to the show do tend to sell out so order yours in advance from the rhs at www.rhs.org.uk

A look back to our ginger crop in May and June 2012

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2 comments to Grow Your Own Ginger

  • Susan Cope

    Hi – do you sell curry leaf plants? (Murraya koenigii)Can you tell me price and if you can send to Surrey? Thanks

    • Thanks for your enquiry Susan and yes we do sell the true curry leaf – murraya koenigii plants. We have a new batch that are very nearly ready and will be available for delivery from the beginning of July. They are £25 plus £6.50 delivery and you can now preorder online at http://plants4presents.co.uk/Giftoptions.aspx?gif=219
      These plants are always really popular we just want to give them another a couple of weeks under glass to make sure they are properly established.
      Hope that helps
      Emily

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