CARING FOR GROWING GINGER
Generally, ginger is propagated by seeds rhizomes, and tissue culture. Tissue culture is the most productive means of generating the ginger. Ginger is a crop that is in high demand and therefore farmers make it a point to produce healthy crops to meet the market demand . To achieve this there is the need to take proper care of your ginger farm as this will also enable you make high returns. Let us discuss some tips to adopt in caring for ginger farm.
1 .Keep the soil damp. Water lightly right after planting. Check the soil daily and water just before it dries out completely. Soggy soil will quickly rot your plants, so reduce watering or improve drainage if water does not drain quickly.
2. Watch for germination. Ginger grows slowly and a sprout might appear within a few days but continue to water for at least a couple weeks before giving up on the plant. Stick to the same watering treatment after germination.
3. Fertilize monthly (optional). Fertilization is not required if the ginger is in rich soil, especially if you’ve mixed in compost. Have the soil tested first and fertilize accordingly. If soil is poor or you would like to improve yield, fertilize with a small amount of complete liquid fertilizer each month.
4. Mulch outdoor ginger (optional). Once the ginger has sprouted, mulch will keep it warm and fight weeds, which can easily out compete slow-growing ginger. A thick layer of mulch is mandatory if soil temperatures fall below 50ºF (10ºC) during the growing season.
5. Let soil dry as the stems die back. The stems of the ginger plant will turn yellow as temperatures drop. Reduce water as this happens, and stop watering entirely once the stems dies. The ginger plant might not flower the first year or two after planting, or if the growing season is short.
6. Let the plant mature before harvesting. Ginger develops a much stronger flavor if allowed to develop in the ground. After the stems die, and at least 8 months after planting, dig up the ginger rhizome.
Young ginger is sometimes harvested 3–4 months after planting, usually intended for pickling. Young ginger must be harvested carefully due to its thinner, easily bruised skin.
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