Okay, I've cheated a bit. About as soon as the heat was turned on in the March greenhouse, some ginger root from the store went in the pots. Only about 10 days ago, this plant came outdoors. I tried to protect it from our blazing, summer sun but it seems that the leaf tips were burned a little.
Last year, some ginger was started but not quite so early. It stayed in the open greenhouse right through the summer. There were a couple of little rhizomes beside the original root by the fall. That was the harvest - they were nice, fresh and fragrant!
That original, store-bought root looked about the same as months earlier. We were curious. No, we didn't make it into candied ginger, or such
. However, cut up and later discarded -- it added a nice flavor to stir-fry!
How's that for economics? No need to toss the original root after months in the pot and producing a couple of new rhizomes. Anyway, it worked last year.
I skimmed the responses and didn't see anyone growing ginger from near the 49th north parallel