Fingerroot plant growing herbaceous geophyte of the genus Boesenbergia also known as Boesenbergia rotunda or Ginger finger root, Fingerroot plant perennial evergreen or deciduous plant, the stems annual stem, used for the edible roots, for medical uses and also used as ornamental plant for the flowers that are fragrant, grow in subtropical, mediterranean, tropical climate or indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ and possible to grow in the right over winter care in hardiness zone 10a. possible to grow it in hardiness zone 5+ but need to pull the rhizome in the autumn and replant in the spring.
Leaves edible linear shape the structure emerged on stem in round growth.
Flower color pink white with dots in big spoon shape.
Rhizome edible in finger like shape that connected to the top, the color of the peel is brown the inner is yellow the taste is spicy and remind Ginger.
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Requirements for Fingerroot growing and care:
Rich soil, moist, frost free, organic matter and mulch in the winter and when the bulb young
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Rhizome
How to propagate:
Divide rhizome, better to divide in the autumn to the winter, if there isn’t clear cut better to divide in the end of the winter before start to grow.
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easier than start from seeds that is hard
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Spring as annual with pulling the rhizome in the winter in hardiness zone 5-10a, as perennial spring in hardiness zone 10a. spring to summer hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn hardiness zone 11a, all year hardiness zone 11b+
Pests and diseases:
Phyllosticta zingiberi, rhizome flies
Autumn / Winter
How to prune:
Size of the plant?
1-2 m, 40-80 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing
Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Half Shade / Full Shade
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Yes, need a lot of light in order to grow indoor
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, when grow in container need to choose the desirable container at least 10L (2.6 gallons) or bigger 200% than rhizome, possible to use potting mix or peat soil with perlite, need to switch the soil once in few years, better to switch every year or just mix it with perlite or other material that will take care of the air flow ventilation, add organic matter, humus and on the top better small mulch in order to keep the moist for the soil.
General information about the flower
Red that grow like beehive
Pollination is done by:
Leaves harvesting season
How to harvest the leaves?
Better to use the leaves when you pull the rhizome
Information about leaves:
Leaves edible linear shape the structure emerged on stem in round growth
Uses of Finger root leaves:
Salad, stir fry, cooked
Information about Ginger rhizome:
Rhizome edible in finger like shape that connected to the top, the color of the peel is brown the inner is yellow the taste is spicy.
When to pull up Ginger rhizome:
Autumn / Winter
Uses of Fingerroot rhizome:
Eat raw, spices, beverage, stir fry, cooked, pickles
Alternative names: Krachai plant, Lesser galangal, Chinese ginger, Fingeroot, Chinese keys, Temu kunci