How to grow Fingerroot

Fingerroot plant grow and care – 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.

Fingerroot flower

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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How to grow 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:

Planting season:
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

Pruning season:
Autumn / Winter

How to prune:
Infected leaves

Size of the plant?
1-2 m, 40-80 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor 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.

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Red that grow like beehive

Pollination is done by:
Bees, butterfly

Edible leaves

Leaves harvesting season
Spring, summer

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

Edible Roots

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

Scientific name:

Boesenbergia rotunda

Alternative names: Krachai plant, Lesser galangal, Chinese ginger, Fingeroot, Chinese keys, Temu kunci

How to grow Fingerroot

Fingerroot roots


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