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•Start a small plant for transplanting into your garden. Plant your ginger root directly into a pot filled with rich potting mixture. Cover pot with a plastic bag and place it on a sunny windowsill. When first shoots appear, remove plastic bag. If all danger of frost is past, move your young ginger plant directly into your garden. Alternatively put pot in a location where it will get indirect sunlight. Water it regularly, but be sure not to let soil become saturated.
Your ginger plant will grow two to four feet tall. Slender stems and narrow, glossy leaves may reach up to a foot long and resemble foliage of a lily. Occasionally, your ginger may produce a yellow green flower, but flowers are both rare and unnecessary for health of plant.
Ginger is not frost hardy so in temperate areas bring plants indoors for winter and ignore it! Foliage will yellow and die back, but plant will return to growth in spring.
Harvest ginger after rhizome has grown three to four months. Since best time to plant ginger is in spring, this usually means a fall harvest. Harvested ginger root is usually sun-dried for longer preservation. It can either be stored in a dry cupboard or refrigerated.
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