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Fertilizing

Ginger is hungry!  Feed it a well balanced fertilizer regularly… if you choose not to supplement feed your crop and/or not to hill your crop, yields will be diminished. A good rule of thumb when feeding a supplemental organic granular with a count near 5-5-5... use about 6 oz. per row foot at the seeding rates that we recommend. If spacing seed farther apart, use a little less food per row foot, depending upon how far part you space the ginger.

Hoop house/High Tunnel in soil:
- Have a soil test done to determine what nutrient levels are present before amendments are added (most land grant universities offer soil testing services for a small fee or for free).

- Ginger prefers well-drained, nutrient rich soil.  It does not like wet feet.

- At planting time apply a mild fertilizer (example would be 4-6-4 Sustane) based on your soil test results.

- Apply gypsum at vendor-recommended rates to make nutrients more available to the ginger crop.

- Fertilize again with each hilling.

- Compost, fish emulsion, chicken and turkey litter, and other organic sources of fertilizer can be used as long as they are well-aged and not actively decomposing.  This process makes less nutrients available to the ginger crop.  If using milder fertilizers like fish emulsion, be sure to feed more often than a few times in a season.

- Check ginger crop for signs of hunger throughout the growing season (these symptoms can be indicative of other issues – call us if you have questions): leaf tip burn, yellowing leaves, slow shoot growth early in the season, slow rhizome growth later in the season, leaves not unfurling properly.

- A side dressing of your regular fertilizer can be added to the soil for a supplemental feeding anytime during the season if you feel it needs more.


Bag/Container Culture:
- Use cocopeat (also known as cocofiber, coconut coir) or a well-drained soilless media or any well-drained media that is fully composted (won’t heat up while ginger is growing)

- The below recommendations are based on using cocopeat.  Check the analysis on your media and make appropriate changes for below fertilization recommendations (for example, if you’re using a compost-based media).

- High salt content is an issue in some cocopeat products.  This salt needs to be leached out before planting ginger.  Gypsum is then added to make nutrients more available to the ginger in case salt levels are still binding nutrients in the media.

- For every expanded kg of cocopeat mix in a mild fertilizer (ex. six ounces of 4-6-4) and gypsum.  Rates will depend upon analysis of fertilizer used.  This is the preplant fertilizer application.

- Fertilize again with each hilling.

- Compost, fish emulsion, chicken and turkey litter, and other organic sources of fertilizer can be used as long as they are well-aged and not actively decomposing.  This process makes less nutrients available to the ginger crop.  If using milder fertilizers like fish emulsion, be sure to feed more often than a few times in a season.

-  Check ginger crop for signs of hunger throughout the growing season (these symptoms can be indicative of other issues – call us if you have questions): leaf tip burn, yellowing leaves, slow shoot growth early in the season, slow rhizome growth later in the season.

- A side dressing of your regular fertilizer can be added to the containers for a supplemental feeding if you feel it needs more.

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