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The Right Sunlight for Your Ginger

Ginger in appropriate sunlight conditions.

Ginger in appropriate sunlight conditions.

Ginger plants need partial shade to flourish. Even though they’re tropical plants, too much direct sun will scorch them. You can let them have some good early morning sun as long as they get some shade later in the day. If you have the ginger planted in containers, you might want to set an alarm to check on the plant’s positioning throughout the day.

If you started your ginger indoors, you’ll want to introduce it to the sun gradually over a few days so you don’t burn the leaves. Once the weather is warmer and your plants are happily leafy, you can set them outside; daytime temperatures have to be at least 68 degrees F, and nighttime temperatures can’t drop below 50 degrees F.

When you’re first starting to grow your ginger, be very careful not to expose the planted rhizome to the sunlight. As the plant continues to grow, you’ll want to hill up the soil around the stem of the plant to protect the growing rhizome.

You’ll know you’ve been letting your ginger get too much sun if you notice the tips of the leaves turning brown. In that case, find a new spot for your plants in their containers; if they’re in the garden or in raised beds, set up a little shade for them. Worst case, transplant them to somewhere with more filtered lights—but only when they’re young. If the plants have a root system that’s really well established, it probably won’t take kindly to being ripped out and resettled. Treat your plants gently and they should be OK.

How do you ensure that your ginger gets the right amount of sunlight? Do you have tips for getting your ginger planted in the right spot for proper amounts of sun and shade? Please tell us how you handle sunlight for your ginger.

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