Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
How to care
Keep Zingiber away from invasive plants so as not to damage the rhizomes.
The ginger rhizomes should not be exposed, and it is necessary to put soil on them in case they are exposed to light and air. Piling soil along the plants also helps and keep the leaf stems in position.
Harvesting ginger can be done 7 to 12 months after planting, when stems and leaves begin to turn yellow. Plants can be pulled out by hand or the soil can be twisted, for example with forks, to expose the rhizomes, which are then washed and allowed to dry for a day or two.
In domestic plantations, it is not necessary to harvest the entire plant. A part of the soil can be dug around the plant so as to expose a piece of the rhizome. This is harvested, leaving the rest of the plant intact to continue growing and producing. In commercial plantations ginger is grown annually.