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marksgrdn
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 22, 2012
12:38 AM

Post #9311880

ive had this plant for about six yrs. it has lived in many places in my backyard, both potted as well as planted in the ground.
it died back more times than i care to remember while in the ground, so back to the pot for you buddy. in the past yr in a
pot, it just went heywire with the growing thing. does it like to be pot bound ? i ended up splitting it and now have 2. and now
they are both going crazy with the growth thing again. Whats up with that ? the other thing is, you can really smell that spicy
odor of fresh ginger root coming from the plant. interesting... im all ears with any info someone may have about
this plant. thanks in advance. the pic shows the now 2 ginger plants just after dividing them.
mark

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tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

October 22, 2012
3:55 AM

Post #9311902

Looks like the common edible ginger, Zingiber officinale. It dies back in winter.
marksgrdn
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2012
11:52 PM

Post #9314713

thanks for the info. mine has never died back in the winter. even when planted out in the garden. our winter temps can get as low
as 20*-25*F on a really bad winter day. those are few and far between. mostly mid to upper 30's as our lows. thanks tropicbreeze.

mark
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

October 25, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9315256

That mustn't be the one. There is a Thai ginger, don't know it's proper name, that doesn't die back. Looks identical, a bit taller though. It's used in cooking as well. A lot of people here have it but they only refer to it as "Thai Ginger". Don't know its cold tolerances, but things from the Thai mountains often have quite a tolerance to cold.
marksgrdn
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2012
11:35 PM

Post #9315664

thanks again TROPICBREEZE ! i remember when i bought this plant,the leaves stayed curled for the longest, dont know why. then one yr during one of its growth periods, they unfurled. non the less, i love all my plants.

mark
tropicbreeze
noonamah
Australia

October 26, 2012
1:30 AM

Post #9315671

Well, good luck with your plant. The "Thai" one divides readily and can get away a bit in the garden. When they're on the dry side their leaves tend to curl. But you should have no problems breaking them up and starting new plants.

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