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Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) is a perennial ground cover that has attractive heart-shaped leaves. The Ginger is a slow growing plant, so it is great for plants with a lot of other flowers or ground covers. This slow grower likes lots of shade as well. A little bit of sun can be expressed but not more than a few hours a day. The plant only reaches about 6 inches in height. The Wild Ginger plant ships bare root year round. They grow well in zones 4-8.
My favorite thing about gingers as a group, is that they have all of the best things I look for in plants. They can be eaten, they grow vigorously, they have beautiful flowers, they have unusual flowers, they go dormant so they can be grown in cold climates, they have medicinal properties, and they are rare. All gingers belong to the order zingiberales. The order is shared with bananas(musaceae), bird of paradise(strelitziaceae), heliconias(heliconeaceae), and the prayer plants (marantaceae). There are two families of gingers: costaceae, and zingiberaceae. There are 1600 different species in the zingiberaceae family, and around 140 species in the costaceae family.
Fill a container with fertile potting soil, lay the rhizome on its side, cover it with half an inch of potting soil. Keep it moist and warm, and it will quickly begin to grow. Culinary ginger (Zingiber officinale) likes a lot of light. Almost, but not quite full sun is best. When the rhizome is just starting to grow, use a fertilizer with higher nitrogen to promote vegetative growth. Around the middle of the season, switch to a more balanced fertilizer. Higher levels of phosphorus cause the rhizomes to swell and become thick and juicy. A lack of phosphorus is what leads to skinny little rhizomes. When the weather begins to cool, the pseudostems will start to turn brown, and that is when I harvest the rhizomes. If you have ever seen fresh ginger rhizomes in the grocery store, and wondered if they could be grown, the answer is yes. They are actually very easy to grow. It is best to start them in early Spring. Simply take a piece of the rhizome, making sure that it has at least one “eye” on it. The eyes look like little blunt points, and are usually found near the tips of the rhizome. A small piece of rhizome can fill a three gallon pot in one season, so give it enough room to grow. (Source: buyraretropicalplants.com)