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How to Grow, Cook, and Benefit Health-Wise from Ginger - Cookie Recipe Included!

Updated on September 9, 2018
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My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food.

Pretty ginger plant blossoms in our backyard. Alpinia zerumbet (Shell ginger)
Pretty ginger plant blossoms in our backyard. Alpinia zerumbet (Shell ginger) | Source

Types of Ginger Plants

  • Zingiberaceae is the official name for the flowering family of ginger plants.
  • There are reported to be more than 1,000 species of these beauties!
  • Indigenous to Southeast Asia, these plants are grown outdoors in many tropical and temporal regions of the world.
  • The unusual blossoms come in numerous colors and shapes.
  • Sizes of mature plants vary from one foot to eight or more feet, averaging four to five feet in the majority of cases.

The tropical perennial ginger plant had been one of my mother's favorites for use in landscaping while living in the South.

When we both sold our homes and found the house that my husband, mother and I would share, the garden needed a little bit of reworking. When choices were being made at the nursery as to the type of plants to purchase, my mother expressed an interest in having some ginger planted in the backyard. We happily obliged.

My mother had it planted at the house she had sold and it added greatly to the tropical look that surrounded her pool. The ginger was intermingled with banana plants, crotons, ferns, azaleas, and other plants all of which I had planted for her.

Pretty ginger plant blossoms just starting to unfold. Alpinia zerumbet (Shell ginger)
Pretty ginger plant blossoms just starting to unfold. Alpinia zerumbet (Shell ginger) | Source

How to Grow Ginger in Warm Climates

  • Plant the rhizomes two to three inches deep in moist, well-drained fertile soil.
  • These plants prefer slightly acidic soil.
  • Some of these plants can tolerate full sun, but most prefer filtered light. So pay attention to the type of plant you are purchasing and follow the directions.
  • Mulch the plants to keep them moist but not sodden.
  • Use fertilizer about once a month during the blooming period.
  • High humidity is preferred.

In Houston, we have a semi-tropical climate and things grow very quickly in this humid environment. We seldom have severe freezes and even when we do, the ginger comes back each year. After all danger of freezing weather has passed, I simply cut it back to a few inches above the ground if the foliage has been damaged and it quickly regrows.

Last year our winter was so mild that the ginger plants that have large oak trees offering a degree of shelter from above were never touched...thus their current height of about five feet against the wooden fence.

If growing ginger plants in colder climates, the rhizomes can be dug up and stored in a cool dry environment and then planted again after the weather has warmed up each spring.

Sample of Different Colored Flowers of the Ginger Plant

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 A flowering Costus curvibracteatus at the Conservatory of FlowersAlso known as Blue Ginger. Neotropical in origin but usually met in gardens, in this case KEW Gardens, London. Alpinia purpurata (Red ginger, pink ginger)Hedychium gardnerianum (Kahili ginger)Costus scaber - Widespread in the Neotropics, with an all-red flowering head. Photo from Ecuador.Costus speciosus (Crape ginger, crepe ginger, malay ginger, spiral flag)Hedychium flavescens (Yellow ginger)Globba winitii (Dacing ladies ginger, ruby queen)Gingers: young buds - flowering - withered
 A flowering Costus curvibracteatus at the Conservatory of Flowers
A flowering Costus curvibracteatus at the Conservatory of Flowers | Source
Also known as Blue Ginger. Neotropical in origin but usually met in gardens, in this case KEW Gardens, London.
Also known as Blue Ginger. Neotropical in origin but usually met in gardens, in this case KEW Gardens, London. | Source
Alpinia purpurata (Red ginger, pink ginger)
Alpinia purpurata (Red ginger, pink ginger) | Source
Hedychium gardnerianum (Kahili ginger)
Hedychium gardnerianum (Kahili ginger) | Source
Costus scaber - Widespread in the Neotropics, with an all-red flowering head. Photo from Ecuador.
Costus scaber - Widespread in the Neotropics, with an all-red flowering head. Photo from Ecuador. | Source
Costus speciosus (Crape ginger, crepe ginger, malay ginger, spiral flag)
Costus speciosus (Crape ginger, crepe ginger, malay ginger, spiral flag) | Source
Hedychium flavescens (Yellow ginger)
Hedychium flavescens (Yellow ginger) | Source
Globba winitii (Dacing ladies ginger, ruby queen)
Globba winitii (Dacing ladies ginger, ruby queen) | Source
Gingers: young buds - flowering - withered
Gingers: young buds - flowering - withered | Source

Medicinal Uses of Ginger

This is a fascinating subject. The ginger roots or rhizomes to be correct have been utilized by people for centuries in medicinal applications. Often they are made into teas. Zingiber is the name of the edible ginger rhizomes (those thick, fleshy roots) found in grocery stores.

Here is just a sampling of how ginger has and is still being used.

  • For inflammatory diseases such as arthritis
  • Nausea control
  • Motion Sickness
  • Anti-Cancer activity
  • Headaches
  • Mild stomach upset
  • Colic
  • Diarrhea
  • Heart conditions
  • Lowering cholesterol

Some of these and other uses of ginger have been studied by various medical centers and there appears to be some validity to at least some of these claims.

Note: Be sure to check with your doctor and inquire about any contraindications with medications you may be taking before you start using herbal treatments.

Cooking with Ginger

Ginger has been used to spice up many different types of cooking throughout the centuries. It crosses cultural barriers and everything from spicy and sweet to savory dishes are enhanced by using ginger as an ingredient.

I am going to share a cookie recipe with you that has been a favorite in our family for many years. Although ginger is not the prime ingredient, the cookie would not be the same without it. My mother gave me this recipe along with some other favorites after I got married.

Molasses Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

(Additional granulated sugar)

Directions:

  1. Melt shortening in a 3 or 4-quart saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Add the sugar, molasses, and egg beating well.
  3. Sift together the flour, soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and salt adding it to the first mixture.
  4. Mix well and chill.
  5. Form into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar.
  6. Place on greased cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake in a 375-degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

These are my husband's favorite cookies!

Tip: These cookies freeze beautifully.

Molasses Sugar Cookies
Molasses Sugar Cookies | Source

The Versatility of Ginger Plants

This should give you an idea of the great versatility of the ginger plant from its use in landscaping to medicinal uses and also its wide application in various cooking methods.

I think that I'll go and brew a cup of tea and have one of those molasses sugar cookies that I had in the freezer and used for the photo above.

Many a gingerbread house is made during the Christmas season. Have you ever made one of these? Perhaps the video below will inspire you to give it a try.

Now for Some Fun!

Do you use ginger in your cooking and/or baking?

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      The ginger plant blossoms are indeed pretty. I hope that you enjoy these molasses sugar cookies if you decide to bake some. They are a long time favorite in this house. Nice to see your comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      3 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The ginger plant blossoms captivate the eyes and the molasses sugar cookies look very inviting. Thank you for sharing the story behind your ginger plant

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Phyllis,

      Hope my molasses sugar cookies taste like the ones your mother used to make. It is an old recipe that I have so it is possible. Enjoy!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      5 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Oh my gosh! Peggy, my mother used to make molasses cookies and I loved them. I never found the recipe, so saved yours and will be making some very soon. I always have ginger on hand and like its versatality. Thank you for writing this article and sharing your lovely photos.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Sorry...just discovered this as it was caught in the spam filter. Crazy! As to comments I have it set that I have to approve them before they show up. You can edit the comment section and you have that choice. I did it a long time ago when there was a lot of spam coming in and this way if it really IS spam...it never shows up.

      If you mean that NONE of the comments show up...I have no idea. As far as I know you can choose to have all of them or as little as 5 or something in between. When I first publish a hub I let them all show up (after being approved by me) but later on when there are fewer comments, I usually shift it to the latest 5. People can always click on to see more if they wish. Hope that helps! Thanks for the pin.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to visit this very interesting article and this time pinned your cookie photo to my 'Cookie' board. I'm thinking people might give this plant some consideration as this is when yard cleanup and new landscaping is planned and done. Sharing it again too.

      I have noted for a long time now that your comments are not all visible unless one chooses to click on the link and view them. I was wondering how you do that. Several people expressed an interest in doing that with their own comments in a forum thread recently. I wondered if you would share that info, or maybe you could write a hub about how to do it . . .

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      With the severe winter we had and even an ice storm in March!, I had to cut our ginger plants down almost to the ground. New shoots are coming up but it will be a while before they reach the top of the fence in height again. Nice that you are enjoying your ginger plants in bloom right now. Thanks for the pin to your gardening board. ☺

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      Mary Hyatt 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning, Peggy, I can't remember what I had for dinner last night, but I remembered this Hub about your Ginger plant! My Ginger plant is now in bloom and I thought of you and this Hub!

      My plant started out as a small one about two feet high; now it has multiplied into many plants, some reaching 5 feet high.

      I will share and Pin on my gardening board.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sheila,

      Have you never used ground ginger as a spice in baking? The fresh ginger is good slivered thin and used in stir fried meals. Glad you liked these photos of the ginger blossoms.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi thumbi7,

      There are also ginger plants here that have green leaves. The kind I have in our yard are the variegated kind. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      The ginger leaves look brown and terrible after all of these colder than normal temperatures we have been having this winter...even sleet and ice in Houston! The nice thing is that in another month or so, I will simply cut it back to several inches or higher above ground and it comes back up from the roots. In milder winters such as we have had in the past, this is unnecessary. Thanks for the shares.

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      Sheila Brown 

      4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have never cooked with ginger, wouldn't even know how to begin. The blooms are just beautiful! :)

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      JR Krishna 

      4 years ago from India

      This hub is lovely. I have never seen ginger plant blossoms before. The plants we see in India has much thinner leaves and are more green in color.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Very interesting. I would have never thought ginger could be grown here and that it could withstand a short freeze. Something people living down in Southern Texas and other southern states might find helpful to know.

      The cookie recipe looks yummy and just like the ones my mother used to make. Gave you 5 more stars, voted up, BAUI, pinned to my 'Trees, Plants, & Flowers' board, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi patcw,

      I have never heard of anyone eating the leaves of a ginger plant, but of course the tuberous roots are edible.

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      patcw 

      4 years ago

      Are the leaves of the ginger plant edible?

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rosalie Waldon,

      Yes...using ginger root in cooking or the dried spice in baking is delicious. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rosalie Waldon 

      4 years ago

      Thanks! I di no knowI could use he root.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      We are lucky to be able to grow a number of things in Houston...everything from tropical plants to cactus and pine trees. It is quite a mixture and makes for interesting landscapes. We do enjoy our ginger plants. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      justmesuzanne 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Soooo pretty! I love ginger! You are so lucky that it can grow wild where you live! Voted up and useful! :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dolores,

      It probably would work to grow ginger in a large pot and then bring it inside for the winter months. We have a friend in Dallas who took some banana plants from our yard and they do the same thing with it. Thus I think that it should work just as well for ginger. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dolores Monet 

      5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Peggy - I can see that you certainly don't need any more comments on this popular page! But I loved your pictures of ginger. Though I don't live in a warm climate, I was toying with the idea of growing ginger then hauling it into the house over the winter just to see if that would work.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      I know that I combined information about the ginger plant and also included a good cookie recipe. I can see for purposes of Pinterest that you decided that the cookie recipe won the battle. Ha! I know that ginger plants do not grow outdoors in the north. They thrive down here in Houston. Thanks for your comment and the pin.

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      I have to pin this cookie recipe. I didn't know which way to go with this hub pin to my garden or cookie finally decided on cookie. I love the looks of the ginger plant so pretty, it would never grow here. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      I especially like the look of the variegated ginger plants in our garden. The blooms are so pretty but do not last all year, so the color of the leaves is important for year round beauty. Hope that you get some tropical ginger plants to grace your garden someday. Thanks for your comment.

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love ginger cookies and after reading your family recipe, I have a hankering for them! I learn so much about plants from your well-written and interesting Hubs. I never would have thought to plant a ginger plant--I love their tropical look. I hope to have a chance to enjoy them in my yard someday! Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Millionaire Tips,

      Living in a subtropical climate such as we have in Houston, many things grow easily and ginger plants are just one example. Like you, we use ginger in our cooking and enjoy it...both from the root and also the dried spice. Give the cookies a try! I think that you will like them! Thanks for your comment.

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      Shasta Matova 

      5 years ago from USA

      That ginger plant is really pretty - I don't think it will grow in my climate though. I love the taste of it, and enjoy adding it to a large variety of foods. Those cookies look delicious!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ChristyWrites,

      That is something I have never attempted...making a gingerbread house. But it looks like it would be a fun project. Thanks for your comment on this hub about the versatile ginger plant.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Ginger has so many great benefits! Now I want to make a gingerbread house too :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello rajan jolly,

      So glad that you found this hub about the ginger plant useful. The cookies are one of my husband's favorites! Thanks for your comment, votes and the sharing of this hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A really wonderful hub. Awesome pictures and a the cookies look so delicious. Will be giving the cookie recipe a try. Thanks for sharing some very useful information.

      Voted up, useful and awesome.

      Shared this hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cathleena,

      The individual ginger blossoms on the stalk do look like a miniature orchid blossoms to me also. They are also fragrant. Too bad yours did not survive. Sometimes wild plants are hard to transplant and keep alive. I saw that you shared this hub with your followers. Thanks for that as well as your comment. Appreciate it.

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      Cathleena Beams 

      6 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Peggy - I didn't know how beautiful Ginger blossoms are until I saw them for the first time in your hub. They remind me of orchid blooms. When we were living on our farm, I did try planting some wild ginger plants that a friend had dug up for me, but they mustn't have liked the shady spot that I put them because they disappeared completely and didn't come back.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I have never tried making a gingerbread house although it would certainly be fun to try sometime. My mother especially loved ginger plants which is why we planted some when we moved over here and lived together for the last years of her life. Now everytime I look out in our backyard and see them, I think of her. Their blooms are gorgeous. Will look for your survival of the fittest plant hubs. Thanks for your comment.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy W, this Hub is a "related" one to the one I did on Survival of the Fittest plants. Glad I saw it. I love growing ginger. I live in S. Fl. and they thrive here. Their blooms remind me of fine porcelaine, beautiful. I wrote a Hub about my gingerbread men. We make them every Christmas along with a house.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      The flower stalks of the ginger plant can get quite large. I am estimating a good 12 inches or so and the individual flowers (on mine) are probably about an inch in length. Since they are not in bloom right now, I am going by memory...and of course, there are different varieties of ginger. Hope this helps!

      Have you ever tried sprinkling a little powdered ginger and even some cinnamon in your coffee? It is good! Easy way to get some health benefits along with a flavoring component. Probably good in tea that way also. Thanks for your comment.

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      My partner is very much into using ginger's medicinal properties, so perhaps this is a plant we can try growing. Did not realize it had such interesting flowers. How big do these blooms get? Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Dawn Jones,

      From what I have read, most of the really pretty ornamental gingers like the beehive are not particularly good to eat. If you purchase a ginger root in a grocery store and plant it, the foliage may not be as pretty, nor the flowers, but that is exactly the type of ginger that will be best for culinary uses. If you live in the south you can probably grow it outdoors successfully. In more northern climates you might want to grow it in a pot so that it can be brought indoors in the cold months. Good luck!

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      Dawn Jones 

      7 years ago

      Ok, my neighbor has a beehive ginger plant...is this a plant I can use the root from?

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlinex,

      Our ginger plants are coming up from the ground after severe freezes this past winter. So happy to hear that you are having luck with yours! Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment.

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      Charlinex 

      7 years ago

      Peggy, just want to let you know my ginger root has sprouted!! This time, I covered it with a thin layer of soil and gave it very little water, just to keep the soil barely moisted. I figure I can always add more soil once the plant is growing. I am glad it avoided getting rotten this time. Thanks again. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Bard of Ely,

      Thanks for the votes and comment on this hub about the ginger plant. We also like eating ginger as well as looking at it as a pretty plant.

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      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Excellent hub and I have voted up and tagged it as awesome! And I love ginger!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      That cookie is an all time favorite of my husband's.

      Our ginger froze all the way to the ground this past winter because of unusually long days of below freezing weather. I have seen a few shoots starting up from the ground so it is coming back as are the banana plants and ferns all planted in that area of our backyard.

      Thanks for the comment on the versatile ginger plant.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, the ginger plant is very pretty. I was surprized to see how versitile it is. I will be trying your Ginger Cookie recipe. It looks great.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlinex,

      The aloe vera babies grow from around the main plant and can be easily divided and potted up or planted in the ground. Yes, definitely don't plant a ginger plant and an aloe vera plant in the same pot. They both need room to spread.

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      Charlinex 

      7 years ago

      So from what you said, what I have is an Aloe vera, I guess. My Aloe blooms every autumn. I have cut the top off, there are still lots of new shoots. Maybe I will get another pot for ginger....

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlinex,

      They can become really big. I have seen entire fields of them being grown in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas where the aloe vera is then used for medicinal uses. We had one large one outside last year that produced a flower spike. I was unaware that some have prettier flowers. Ours last year was similar to what you described.

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      Charlinex 

      7 years ago

      LOL, Peggy, the Aloe gave up on me! It has become a big monster. It's greenish white flower spike was reaching the ceiling. I wish to get a Aloe with flowers of some prettier colors someday.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlinex,

      That makes sense to make ginger plants more protected in the winter where you live. Our aloe vera plants generally live outside year round with no problems. This winter turned some of them to mush but some survived to grow again. I'd hate to go without my aloe vera plants in case of burns, insect bites, etc. It is a wonder plant!

      Again...good luck with your ginger plant.

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      Charlinex 

      7 years ago

      Thanks again, Peggy. I intend to make it a houseplant in the winter.

      I bought a lump of ginger root today. A big Aloe plant fell off from my plant shelf twice yesterday so I am giving it up. I can use the big pot for ginger. The pot is 9 inches deep and 11 inches cross.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again Charlinex,

      She is probably right. I purchased ours in a nursery and it was already potted. It was a one gallon sized pot so the roots were undoubtedly 2 to 3 inches under the ground.

      As to planting just any ginger root purchased in a grocery store...you will have no idea what type plant you might be getting...what colored leaves, etc. Most people plant them for their leaf color because while the blooms are pretty and fragrant, they do not last that long.

      Since you live in Canada, I would also check the hardiness of whatever ginger plant you intend to have. In Houston, even when hit with really cold temps, they do come back each year from the ground. Not sure about "your neck of the woods." Or are you planning to keep it potted and protect it in the winter?

      Hope this helps.

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      Charlinex 

      7 years ago

      Peggy, I wonder if you can confirmed what the woman said in the video. Do you plant the initial ginger roots 2-3 inches deep? I planted one last year and nothing came out of it. Also how big the root should be? Is it mroe advantageous to plant a bigger root?? Thanks so much!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlinex,

      Our ginger plants in our backyard took a real hit with the coldest temps this winter since 1895. I'll soon cut them back to just about ground level and they will have to regrow so they won't get fence high this year. Good luck with yours! Ginger plants add a tropical look to the yard. Thanks for the comment.

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      Charlinex 

      7 years ago

      That's so interesting! I will try to grow ginger in the spring. Thanks for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello infoels1,

      Thanks for taking a look at this hub about the versatile ginger plant in our backyard and all the benefits that come from using ginger.

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      infoels1 

      7 years ago

      so amazing hub and very beneficial and very attractive.

      http://www.careofplants.com

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mini Greenhouse Guy,

      Thanks for taking a look at this hub about the ginger plant in our backyard and what can be done with ginger.

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      Mini Greenhouse Guy 

      7 years ago

      What an inspring hub here Peggy, thanks for the info i didnt realise Ginger could be so mcuh fun!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Tony,

      Ginger is a very pretty plant. If you grow it give it plenty of room to spread. In our climate, even if it freezes it comes up from the ground again. Thanks for the visit. Love and peace.

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      Tony McGregor 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I love ginger very much and especially like to make a ginger tisane with honey.

      Have always wanted to grow it too - maybe I will give it a try soon.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky,

      Ah yes...Gilligan's Island and Ginger. That was a fun series in its day. I'm not familiar with that type of ginger ale you mentioned but bet that it is good. If Charles Kuralt did a road show about it, obviously it is special. Thanks for reading this hub about the ginger in our backyard. With the freezing weather last winter it pretty much had to come up from the ground so it is only about 3 feet tall or so instead of fence height...but still pretty. Thanks for the comment.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Great hub Peggy. I love Ginger (Mary Ann, Mrs. Howell, the professor - Gilligan was a little annoying)! Actually, I do love Ginger. There is a strong ginger-ale called Bleinheim (spelling may be wrong). It was made in Bleinheim, SC. Charles Kuralt did one of his "road shows" about it. But - they have a very strong "extra hot" ginger-ale that was very strong with ginger. Thank you Peggy!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Plastic Greenhouse Guy,

      Ginger plants are a thing of beauty in the yard. Good luck with your landscape efforts. Very easy to try the culinary applications of ginger! Go to your nearest grocery store. Thanks for the comment.

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      Plastic Greenhouse Guy 

      8 years ago

      Hi Peggy, great job with this hub! I never really thought how useful ginger can be and have never tried to grow it, maybe it'll give it a go next season! Thanks for the info, very interesting!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mimi,

      To this day that molasses sugar cookie recipe is my husband's all time favorite. Let me know how you like it after you bake it. Thanks for commenting on this ginger plant hub. We had an unusually cold winter last year (even snowed!!!) so our ginger plants are only about 3 feet tall right now and have not yet bloomed. Still pretty foliage to look at against the fence.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Mendel Potok,

      Ginger really is a versatile ingredient to use in cooking and baking. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      minesgm 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I am interested in that recipe, we love cookies at home and i think that is worth to try.. thanks for posting. Mimi

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      Mendel Potok 

      8 years ago

      I love love love ginger! It really is a wonder plant, I use it for everything. Great for the stomach, and tastes wonderful in almost anything!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi billyaustindillon,

      Ginger beer! I've never tasted that. Bet it's good. You are right about mosquitoes loving to live in and around the ginger plants. Fortunately our subdivision pays for mosquito fogging once a week which helps keep the population suppressed a bit. If I know I will be working in the yard...especially in that area with the ginger and banana plants and ferns, I use bug repellent spray which helps.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks MisterSparky-Houston.

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      I have always enjoyed the ginger flower and the root we use so much in cooking. My Dad used to make Ginger Beer growing up - I do need to get the recipe off him. You are right they are perfect for Houston and the crappy soils - just one thing though, all those mosquitoes.

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      MisterSparky-Houston 

      8 years ago

      Great article. Another great idea for the backyard that will look nice with a ginger plant is lighting. To get the electricity ran properly check out this

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi oceannsunsets,

      It is nice having the ginger plants in the backyard. They definitely add beauty to the landscaping. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Paula 

      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Peggy this is a great hub! I love ginger, and think it would be so awesome to own a ginger plant. Thanks, Ocean

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello 4FoodSafety,

      Like your name! So you live in the beautiful State of Wisconsin! Glad that I could show you just how beautiful the ginger plants are and how they grow. Yes...I also just learned about the tags and am going back and reworking hubs. Thanks for the comment.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Fontana, WI

      I love gardening but reside in your first home Wisconsin - this was wonderful! I love pickled ginger. So many medicinal benefits - never knew the flower was that exotic! Oh, my!

      You helped me on a Hub I just read - your comment about the 15 tags - I almost missed that one - you are a great help!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lita,

      The medicinal benefits to using ginger are wide and varied as per your comment in addition to the savory uses and beauty as a plant. Our ginger plants in our backyard are looking pretty ill at the moment due to the episode of snow and now below normal freezing temperatures. After all danger of freezes have ended, I will simply cut it down to about 6 to 12 inches above the ground and watch it re-grow. Same for our banana plants. Thanks for the comment.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Ginger bread, ginger cookies, ginger juicer, yellow ginger in arroz valenciana, yellow ginger for my diabetes, ginger extract to swelling due to gouts, etc. - oh lots of things we can do with this lowly spice. Nice hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi itakins,

      Happy to hear that you got something of interest from this hub on the ginger plant in our backyard, etc. Thanks for commenting.

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      itakins 

      8 years ago from Irl

      Great information here-Thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Betty,

      Your use of ginger sounds very tasty. I have been adding ground ginger to tea...and even coffee (yes, coffee!) and have developed a taste for it. I figure that it cannot hurt, and according to reports from RTalloni and others...it is really good for one. Thanks for the comment.

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      Betty Reid 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I mostly eat ginger sauteed with garlic, vegetables, and sesame oil, and then served with rice. It ends up with an Asian taste. All this talk of ginger tea, however, makes me want to try that too!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again RTalloni,

      THAT IS FANTASTIC! Thanks for including the link. Will be forwarding this to others and I will be trying it as well as my husbands and my counts are a bit high. Thank you again!

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      RTalloni 

      8 years ago from the short journey

      311 down to 223 in 6 weeks. I added ginger tea more than half-way through my plan which included ground flax seed, but am convinced it helped make a difference. Here's my whole story:

      https://hubpages.com/health/Ground-Flax-Seed-and-C...

      Will probably need to start over along about January 8th. :)

      (But am determined not to lose all of my progress over the holidays!)

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello again RTalloni,

      That is wonderful! What kind of numbers are you talking about with regard to the cholesterol test? And is the ginger tea the main difference from whatever else you were doing to lower the numbers? What time frame? Very curious as you can tell...

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      RTalloni 

      8 years ago from the short journey

      Just thought I would let you know that the ginger tea seemed to help give amazing results on a cholesterol test! Thanks again! :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello again RTalloni,

      Isn't it amazing what we learn here on hubpages! I had never even heard of parkin cake until Ethel mentioned it. Maybe she will share her recipe with us someday? Thanks for the ginger tea recipe. Sounds like you are enjoying it. Thanks for the additional comment.

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      RTalloni 

      8 years ago from the short journey

      So I experimented and now have our healthy cup a day of ginger tea recipe: 1/2 teaspoon steeped straight in a cup of hot water for several minutes with one packet of Truvia (stevia) stirred in. Thanks again. Guess I'll have to look up parkin cake now. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      Ginger is a good spice and is good in many things. Had to look up parkin on the Internet as I was not familiar with that type of cake. Sounds good! Oatmeal, molasses and ginger are some of the prime ingredients (for others reading this who may not know.) My mother used to make a spice cake but it was flour based...not oatmeal. The oatmeal would make it more healthful...assuming anyone thinks that eating cake is healthful. :-) Thanks for commenting.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Love ginger in cakes like parkin and biscuits.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi RTalloni,

      Since the ginger plants only bloom once a year in this climate, it IS the foliage that is the star attraction as you noticed. I have mine mixed in the area with our banana plants, ferns and the like. Glad you liked this hub. Thanks for the comment.

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      RTalloni 

      8 years ago from the short journey

      Oh! I had no idea! They are stunning. Now I know exactly what I want for Christmas. The foliage with those blooms would make it a must have even if it weren't so versatile. Thank you very much!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi frogyfish, Sorry your ginger plant died. Better luck next time! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      frogyfish 

      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      I am so jealous - I had a ginger plant about 8 inches tall that expired 'anyway'. Your pix are beautiful; I did not know ginger was so pretty. And the cookies sound luscious, but I would double the ginger for me too. Thank you for a great read!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jerilee, I agree that molasses and ginger make a good combination. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi kiran, The ones in our backyard bloom and each little blossom on the cluster does look similar to orchids. There are other ginger plants that send up all different types of blooms many of which are utilized in floral arrangements. Spike-like red ones and others that almost look like crab claws... Obviously there are many varieties. Hope yours in a pot blooms for you someday. It will be interesting to see what yours produces by way of a flower. Thanks for commenting.

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      Jerilee Wei 

      9 years ago from United States

      Molasses and ginger go hand-in-hand in my recipe book. Enjoyed the hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Silver Freak, I agree...the scent is wonderful and fragrant. Between that and the star jasmine covering our next door neighbor's back fence, our backyard is very fragrant right now. Thanks for commenting.

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