As promised, some time ago, my growing ginger experiment update.
It not only rooted but grew, made me a happy person.
Wondering if the ginger rhizome grew? Tempted to dig and see, but am afraid to disturb it. Also must decide whether I want to keep it through the winter as a houseplant to see if it survives. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Since the leaves started to die, decided to leave it outdoor until first frost, then brought it into the garage where it remained until yesterday.
The plant was growing in an 8-inch diameter container, the ginger rhizome probably would have grown bigger if the container was larger.
Am going to replant a small section to see if it will grow (may not, as the rhizome does not appear fully mature), will see. Using the remainder for cooking.
Conclusion to this year long experiment is: Yes, even with our short growing season, ginger, a very slow growing tropical plant, can be grown successfully in the Hudson Valley both in the garden and in a container.
I will start rooting the ginger rhizomes for growing in the garden mid-February/early- March for transplanting early June when the soil is warm.
Must remember to bring the one in the container indoor early September to see if it will continue to grow through the winter.
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