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I would like to know how to grow ginger?

Kathy Asked

I would like to know how to grow ginger?

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Hi, Kathy: The answer to your question depends on which ginger you are referring to-the hardy perennial or the tropical plant. They are completely different plants and neither are culinary but both are commonly known as ginger.

Kentucky gardeners can grow tropical ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) outdoors during the warmer months but it will not survive our winter temperatures. It can be brought inside to over-winter. I’ve had one for several years that lives in a container and goes in and out, depending on the season. So far, it has done really well. The variegated foliage makes this plant worth growing.

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense) is a native groundcover that provides heart-shaped leaves that remain evergreen year-round. It is tolerant of a variety of soil types but requires a shady space to thrive.

Asian Wild Ginger (Asarum splendens) is also a perennial for Kentucky gardeners. This shade-loving groundcover provides evergreen, glossy foliage that gets about 12 inches tall.

I hope this is helpful.

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