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Old 01-12-2009, 11:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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do yall know if the ginger root that we buy in the store can be grown as long as its not been in a cold bin? thanks for the info.
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You'll need a piece with at least one "knot". Loves banana soil. Very invasive -- although your winter would take care of that! I advise a pot or raised bed. Depending on the source, some of the ginger root in the stores is "dead" due to treatment or freezing during shipment. Its a hit-or-miss thing, since the sources change throughout the year.
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Yup I stuck it in the banana bed last summer and it grew.
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The ones that I have planted, grew. The plant, however, is not really very impressive. There are lots of gingers that are much more attractive.
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The ones that I have planted, grew. The plant, however, is not really very impressive. There are lots of gingers that are much more attractive.
Ginger root ginger is usually grown for the roots and not for aesthetics! Although, combined with other semi-tropicals, they look impressive. And try strong ginger tea with honey for sore throats. Soothing!
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Ginger root ginger is usually grown for the roots and not for aesthetics! Although, combined with other semi-tropicals, they look impressive. And try strong ginger tea with honey for sore throats. Soothing!
I love knowing that we grew what we ate and I love ginger so it can get pretty expensive buying it in the store. That's why I stuck one in the ground. I bought inedible butterfly ginger from a member for ornamental effect and fragrence outside and loved it also. Two gingers for two different reasons!

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that was one reason for growing the ginger root. and i like it in stirfry. thank you, i was hoping to hear that i could grow it.
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I bought some last year and it grew for me. I dug it up this fall. It grew about 5 stems and at the bottom of each stem was a new root growth. I pulled these off the original roots and planted the 5 or so stems in a pot and brought them inside. They all ended up drying up. I read where they always do this in the winter but will grow back. Well I had to see if there was anything left in the soil and sure enough I have 5 small ginger roots I'm saving and will plat them and the original roots in spring. Spring is next week isn't it?
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This is so much fun! I've been robbing the produce section of seed for the last few months. I looked at the ginger and was indeed tempted.
I have planted a lot of bell pepper, papaya ,onion,garlic,green onion,and rooted some basil from the market. I've even planted grape tomatoes from my salads and almost bought some stramatoes just for the seed. Winter is tough for me.
Now, if only they had some fresh saffron rhizomes......
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This is so much fun! I've been robbing the produce section of seed for the last few months. I looked at the ginger and was indeed tempted.
I have planted a lot of bell pepper, papaya ,onion,garlic,green onion,and rooted some basil from the market. I've even planted grape tomatoes from my salads and almost bought some stramatoes just for the seed. Winter is tough for me.
Now, if only they had some fresh saffron rhizomes......
umm when you find the saffron roots....your gonna share right? lol! ive been doing the same thing. ha ha ha. we are so bad. i go to kroger to get my seed "pods" they finally have a line of organics and thats what ive been saving. i havent got any planted as of yet, my little dome gh has all flowers in it right now, but hopefully friday i can get another dome gh and get my veggies started. waoo.

and no spring isnt next week...sadly enough!
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I can't help getting my fingers into this thread... Gingers are nice but.. if you have the right conditions for them, watch out! I planted just 1 cutting of the Torch Ginger, Etlingera elatior, into a 4ft x 160ft raised planter and in 1 1/2 yrs it was full of them.
Take a look at the 2 pix of the Zingiber sp, see how big they grow and the way it competes with our favs!

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but its sooooo pretty
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umm when you find the saffron roots....your gonna share right? lol! ive been doing the same thing. ha ha ha. we are so bad. i go to kroger to get my seed "pods" they finally have a line of organics and thats what ive been saving. i havent got any planted as of yet, my little dome gh has all flowers in it right now, but hopefully friday i can get another dome gh and get my veggies started. waoo.

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Saffron is a type of Crocus. You can buy Saffron bulbs from a lot of places, although they are seasonal. Late Summer or early Fall , I believe is the best time to buy them. And they are not expensive. I will post some links to sources.

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actual saffon that is used as a spice is a crocus? the red saffron that is like $45 an ounce?
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actual saffon that is used as a spice is a crocus? the red saffron that is like $45 an ounce?
Yeah, The reason it's so expensive is that the spice you buy are the stigma of the flower. Imagine, dredging through a field of crocus , pulling the 2-3 little stigma from each plant and trying to fill even the smallest sack . But the plant is beautiful imo.
I want to get a start of this too so if you guys get any......
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"Ye of little faith . . ." Here are a couple of sources, though the second one of stock. But you can check with them again in the late spring - early summer, when they usually advertise them. I don't know if the first one still have them in stock, but they did not say they were. Perhaps, you can contact them to be on their mailing list. The others I found, including my previous sources, were so expensive that I did not list them. One of them was actually asking $8.95 per bulb!

Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus) - 162710

Saffron Crocus - Van Bourgondien

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P.S. Years and years ago, I used to buy bulbs, cheese and wine from Van Bourgondien, and was very pleased with the quality of their products.
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