This Edible Ginger Root Plant (Zingiber officinale) grows the popular root herb used to flavor many dishes from Asian recipes to gingerbread cookies. Edible Ginger is easy to grow either in the ground in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9 to 10, or in pots in colder areas. Edible Ginger does best in rich well-drained soil, dappled light, and protection from constant heavy winds. Each Edible Ginger plant produces multiple rhizomes (Ginger Roots) that grow additional sprouts to form a lush cluster of 6 to 8 foot green canes with narrow, pointed, green leaves.
Grow Edible Ginger as central specimens with smaller herbs and edibles around the Ginger head, or as a long row under higher trees and along a property lines such as ditch banks or fences in spots that get some shade. Edible Ginger Plants also make great companions for Banana Plants, because the taller Bananas provide shade for the Ginger, and both plants thrive in the same soil and water conditions.