A strange question.
I know that ginger is usually propagated from rootstock.
However, does Zingiber Officinale (edible ginger) produce
viable seeds? I know they produce flowers, but planting
seeds is never mentioned.
Thanks a lot for the answer,
I have read quite a bit about ginger and not seen any reference to growing
from seed. This doesn't prove that it can't be done but if it is then it is
uncommon (like potato). Some references say, in passing, that cultivated
ginger is sterile and that the wild ancestor is no longer found. I haven't
been able to track this down to an authoritative source but I suspect that
it is correct.
I know that Zingiber does produce flowers. And you do read
about 'ginger seeds' for food, but I haven't seen it for sale.
You could be right that the seed is sterile, but I haven't read
Commercial growing is often done from clones and if you want to go
into it commercially, you have a lot of information you need to gather
ahead of time.
I have seen such clones work done with orchids (had a friend in the
biz), but not with ginger and cannot say how simple or complicated it
is, although I do believe it'd be similarly done.
Perhaps a search on cloned ginger will get you started on information.
As I said, if you have intentions of doing this as a business, it pays
to investigate the most cost effective means of production. Commercial
production is not done from broadcast seed. In fact, if you read up on
its production, you will see the term "seed" used, but it refers to
Seed may be cheap (assuming you can find it or product it yourself).
Broadcast may be cheap. Getting a crop that is worthy of a harvest,
however, may be better undertaken with the more usual production
This is a plant that is in wide production in many countries. Feel
free to re-create the wheel at any time. Write it up and let folks
know you have a better method.
It does indeed say that. But it only mentions propagation from rhizomes in
passing further down and includes a whole lot of material that seems barely
relevant. This looks to me like the text was copied and pasted and not well
edited. I am not sure I would believe this source.
Actually, I didn't read it very closely. Much of the hits I got refer to
the rhizome as the seed, so a lot of false hits for this particular search.
This paper seems to say propagation by seed (not rhizome) is theoretically
possible: "Breeding of ginger is seriously handicapped by poor flowering and
seed set. It is propagated vegetatively through rhizome."
"Most of the cultivars are sterile i.e flowers are rarely seen and is mainly
grown for the rizome. "
sure doesn't look promising!
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