How to Grow Zingiber Officinale

By James Marshall, eHow Contributor
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Ginger is an essential herb in traditional Chinese medicine.

Zingiber officinale is a flowering plant commonly known as ginger. It is native to South Asia and is a commercial crop in tropical regions throughout the world. The most useful part of Zingiber officinale is the rhizomes, which are stems that grow underground. Dividing the rhizomes is the most common method of propagating Zingiber officinale. Most gardeners in the United States must grow Zingiber officinale in a container, so they can move it indoors during cool weather. Does this Spark an idea?

Things You’ll Need

  • Knife
  • Large planting pots
  • General fertilizer


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      Obtain whole Zingiber officinale rhizomes from a grocery store. Ensure the rhizomes are fresh and still contain growth buds. Slice the rhizomes into 1- to 2-inch sections with a sharp knife, ensuring that each section contains at least two healthy growth buds.

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      Mix 1 part organic compost with 3 parts sandy loam. This mixture provides the rich soil and good drainage that Zingiber officinale requires. Fill large planting pots with the soil mixture.

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      Plant a section of Zingiber officinale rhizome in the middle of each pot about an inch below the soil surface. Place the pots indoors in partial shade, such as an eastern window.

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      Water the Zingiber officinale rhizomes sparingly until they develop foliage. Water the plants regularly after this point to keep the soil moist, but not wet. Apply a general-purpose fertilizer once per month during the growing season.

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      Take the pots outside in the spring and place them in partial shade once the temperature remains above 50 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the day. Bring the pots back inside during the fall before the temperature drops below 50 degrees.

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      Allow the Zingiber officinale plants to grow foliage for several months. Remove some of the soil to expose a rhizome and slice off a section of rhizome without disturbing the rest of the plant. Plant the rhizome in a new location to propagate the plant.

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