Interesting Facts About the Ginger Flower
The ginger flower is not only a beautiful addition to any tropical garden, ginger root is a kitchen necessity as well as a medicinal miracle. There are a number of uses for ginger root, including helping with digestive problems and treating colds and allergies. Some of the sweet-smelling essential oils found in ginger are also used in perfumes, soaps and lotions.
One of the most well-known uses for the more fragrant and attractive ginger flower is in the leis that are handmade in Hawaii. Ginger flowers are common in this tropical island environment, and there are literally thousands of species of ginger grown there. If you want to see you ginger flower, you must let it grow for up to 2 years and take care not to damage the plant in any way if you should harvest it at all for the roots. Most of the time, a ginger plant is grown either for its flowers or harvested before flowering to get the root.
These ginger plants are grown specifically for their roots, and they do not usually give off many flowers. If you are growing ginger at home and want to use the root and enjoy the flowers, you can harvest very gently just around the edges of the plant for the roots while leaving most of it undisturbed so the flowers will have a chance to flourish.
It is fairly easy to grow and harvest ginger root. This is a tropical plant, so it likes a lot of heat and humidity and rich, moist soil. Use a good mulch to keep the moisture in the soil and help the plants to absorb nutrients. Composting is the best way to feed your ginger plant, but if you do not use compost it is a good idea to fertilize your ginger plant about once a month. As with any plant, use good judgment and observe the plant and how it looks and grows to determine what type of care it needs.
Ginger root can be harvested rather quickly – within just several months after planting. In order to harvest the ginger for consumption, the plant has to be dug up. This is why flowers do not grow well on harvested ginger plants! When the plant is removed from the soil, the ginger root – or rhizome – that you want will be clearly visible just under the surface. This is not actually the root of the plant, as you will see, because there is the piece of ginger and then there are roots growing out of that.
Separate out the ginger roots that you want to keep for cooking or medicinal purposes. Set aside some of the roots for replanting so that you can continue to harvest ginger on a regular basis. The planting roots can be repotted immediately and will root and grow just as easily as the original plant.
Ginger root is used in all kinds of cooking and can be stored in a cool, dark place or in the freezer. Many people keep a few pieces of ginger intact to use fresh whenever they need it. Others peel and chop or cut the ginger up and freeze it or store it in the fridge.
Ginger is commonly used to settle an upset stomach, and can be eaten raw or fused into a delicious tea. Ginger can also help relieve headaches, indigestion, gas and other digestive issues. Colds, allergies and sinus infections can also be treated with ginger.