Ginger needs a warm environment to grow. It's a tropical plant. It is not "frost hardy", but it can be brought indoors for the winter. Unfortunately, it generally needs two years before it flowers, so while bringing it in each winter and replanting in the spring will work for growing the herb, it won't work as well for growing flowers.
Ginger flowers can be dramatically beautiful. They can add to a garden or a table setting.
- Note: Some flowering ginger is not the same as the edible Zingiber Officinale.
The root is used in many Asian dishes.
And the spice is used in recipes like gingerbread cookies, hot spiced cider and many other sweets and desserts.
Ginger has several healthy effects on the digestive system. One is the alleviation of motion or sea sickness. Some people eat crystallized ginger to help settle their stomachs. It can also be used to reduce nausea in pregnancy. It's an anti-inflammatory and can help people with arthritis. Ginger may also help the body fight off illness (immune enhancing) and some kinds of cancer. It is a good source of potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and vitamin B6.
- "Ginger" is sometimes used as a nickname for someone with red or reddish hair.
- Geri Halliwell used Ginger Spice as her nickname in the Spice Girls music group.
- World's Healthiest Foods on ginger
- the Bonsai Gardener on How to Grow Ginger
- Tropical Permaculture on Growing Ginger Root
- Learn2Grow Grow Your Own Ginger