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Discussion in 'Poly-Tunnel Gardening' started by Purple Streaks, May 8, 2021.

  1. Purple Streaks

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    I bought some root ginger from the supermarket ,just before covid.
    It's one which I'd thought of experimenting with planting .

    I read that it has little shoots when it is ready.mine is no different to when I bought it.
    How do I get some shoots to appear? Thought about scattering some compost over this piece and leaving it in the greenhouse? Or should I leave it without compost in the sunny greenhouse ?
     
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    This is a subject close to my heart :biggrin: I've had 3 strapping rhizomes planted in the polytunnel since March...not a glimmer of a shoot yet. I'm pretty sure the temps were too low at night. The rhizomes are healthy enough still, but no sign of sprouting. The other possibility is that the ginger sold for consumption has been treated with something to stop it sprouting.
    Try potting yours in a sandy compost mix, PS, and put it in a consistently warm place. If that doesn't get it going, nothing will!
     
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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      Culinary ginger needs a lot more heat than the ornamental types we grow.

      Over night lows should be above 15c ,I think it will take slightly lower but it's pretty much a tropical.
       
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      • Purple Streaks

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        Thanks Pete

        I wonder if I try a heated propagator ?
         
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          Heated prop is the way to get it started, after that you can cool it down slightly but it will still need heat, a greenhouse even in summer I think.
           
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            If we leave ours long enough in the kitchen (three or four weeks) it always sprouts but our kitchen doesn't drop below 20C (underfloor heating). Most of the time we use it before it can sprout.

            Some years ago we put a sprouted piece in a pot in the propagator to start off with. It grew into a large plant. We only partially buried it in soil - just like Iris tubers.
             
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              the heat is on The propagator it is then :yes:...... wish me luck , but dont hold your breath .......
              you'l go blue in the face :cool:
              watch this space :huh:.:thinking:

              I will let you know what happens
               
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                I’d agree with the other posts. I’ve got a plant I started two years ago. It has leaves from June until December/January, then goes dormant. Last year, I thought it was a one-year wonder, and then a shoot appeared - not one of the little green buds that was showing all winter.
                I grow mine indoors, in a room which rarely drops below 18c, next to the radiator, alongside my avocado, date, citrus pip (plant given to me and the family can’t remember what the kids planted!) and mango plant. It’s my little corner of the tropics, during the winter!!

                as @shiney said, treat it like an iris tuber, with some of the tuber showing at soil level.
                 
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                  Hi Sian , did you find your mango plant slow to send a shoot up?
                  last year grandson planted a Mango stone he was going to disregard it as he thought nothing was happening.
                  now seen something green just under the surface , so we shall give it benefit of doubt maybe another year before it grows a bit more !
                   
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                    Ahh, did you split your mango stone, to find the seed inside? Or plant the stone that is inside the flesh, whole?

                    for me the shoots came up within about 2 months from planting (although I may have had a glass of wine or two since then....:th scifD36::heehee:). But I did cut around the stone, to remove the seed, and planted that.
                     
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                    I slit the huge seed away from the casing for him. Im going to start another one off but I will put this one in the propagator from the begining.
                     
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                      In the past I grew a mango inadvertently. I got thrown on the compost heap and buried under other kitchen waste and grass cuttings. About a month or two later I noticed it had sprouted when I was lightly turning the heap. :noidea:
                       
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