Growing Ginger as a Market Crop Possible in Northern Climates
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Ginger can be grown as a market crop even in northern climates, reports Agri-View. Minnesota organic grower Melissa Driscoll presented on her experience producing ginger in high and low tunnels at the MOSES Organic Conference in February. Keys to growing the tropical crop are sprouting it in a dark, warm, and moist place for six weeks, then planting it in fertile soil with temperatures above 55° F. Ginger is transplanted to the ground in May, where it is grown in a low tunnel throughout the summer. It takes 10 months to produce a crop, but the ginger can be a profitable local crop when the whole plant is marketed.