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DMgardener
(Daniel) Mount Orab, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2010
10:01 PM

Post #7468040

I recently got a pack of seeds for this plant>
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1297/
That was purchased in November 2008. Any advice on getting these seeds to germinate?

~Daniel


Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 22, 2010
4:34 PM

Post #7485585

I've never grown ginger from seeds, but Thompson & Morgans Seed Database says they are hard coat seeds, will need soaking, starting in hand hot water for at least 24 hr. Also if you have a pair of cuticle scissors or an xacto knife, you can nick the seed coat and soak. After their soak you want to sow them in a peat based potting mix no deeper than the depth of the seed but make sure they are covered. Temperature in the upper 70's to low 80's. I use a heating pad. Can take up to a month to germinate.

They probably will not bloom the first year as they need to make rhizomes.

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DMgardener
(Daniel) Mount Orab, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 22, 2010
8:42 PM

Post #7486224

Thanks Xeramtheum! This info will be most helpful.

~Daniel
Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 23, 2010
4:42 AM

Post #7487492

Welcome. If you do a lot of growing from seed, here is a link to a copy of the Thompson & Morgan Seed Database. I adapted it to ms word so it can be printed on regular paper and bound. Click on the link and save the file.

http://www.xeramtheum.com/tmsgdb.doc

It's an invaluable source of information about germinating seeds for specific genus.

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DMgardener
(Daniel) Mount Orab, OH
(Zone 6b)

January 23, 2010
10:20 PM

Post #7489445

Thanks! Soon to be a perament reference in my garden;)

~Daniel
Xeramtheum
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

January 24, 2010
12:38 AM

Post #7489842

Welcome .. i use it constantly .. it's especially useful for seeds that require multiple periods of chilling and warming for breaking dormancy.

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