Ginger Origins
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Sean Mcmullen
Posted on: June 25, 1999

I am wanting to purchase ginger and am concerned of the kind of ginger I would grow. I do not want to get a root at the grocery store, in case it is a kind from an equatorial area.

I live in Peterborough County here in south-eastern Ontario. Do you have any information on the ginger you sell?

I’m interested in the varieties listed as P2862 and P2862-300 in Richters’ catalogue.

Zingiber officinale comes from zones 9 to 11 and is therefore subtropical, but would not be winter hardy planted out of doors in your zone 4 to 5 area.

Asarum canadense on the other hand is perfectly hardy in that zone. It is rated hardy in zones 3 to 8.

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