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Ginger Turmeric and Maranta Harvest : Moment of Truth

Planted 5 each of Ginger and Turmeric rhizomes in November 2014. Harvested today 8th June 2015. Received a Maranta plant from Janet and harvested it too. All three plants were grown in wicking pots under 50 percent shadecloth. The Ginger and Turmeric shared a 200L bin with a seedling Davidson Plum (courtesy of Rob Collings). The Maranta lived in a separate pot with a self-seeded stinging nettle companion.

The yield was 1.8kgs of Ginger and 1kg of Turmeric with 300 grams of Maranta. Although not huge roots, both Ginger and Turmeric are quite fragrant. When cutting up the leaves and stems for composting I wondered if other traditions had used the leaves for food-wrapping, especially the Ginger has a heady smell which would complement foods when used as a wrapping.

We tried the Maranta today, air-fried with ordinary Potatoes, own Sweet Potato and Pumpkin. It took a little more cooking but cutting smaller would fix that. Taste was subtle, slightly sweet and akin to Queensland Arrowroot in flavour and texture. Except that ... the Maranta had strings right through it. Is this common? If not, how is it grown to eliminate the strings? Or prepared so the strings are not noticed. Or do you need to only use the fat tubers?

Wondering about keeping the rhizomes for next season's planting. Usually I just keep a few pieces of Ginger and Turmeric with developing 'eyes'. This time I have set aside some stem bases which look as though they still have plenty of life in them. I will plant them soon and see how it goes. I will keep some un-frozen rhizomes so I have some planting material for next spring if the re-plants don't thrive.

The Ginger flower buds didn't open. Here's two pix, the immature flower bud is outlined in green:

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Comment by Lissa on June 14, 2015 at 5:29

I took some cuttings a couple of months back also and they actually look quite good still. They're just hidden amongst all the other greenery and I find them and go "oh yep there it is" every now and then.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 13, 2015 at 10:02

All three. I'm going to give Maranta another go since it was probably me who mucked up the plant. Now I know, end of winter means end of winter ;-)

Currently I've kept some stems with roots and have re-planted them to see if they'll keep going or if we have to use the tubers.

Comment by DARREN JAMES on June 13, 2015 at 8:37

Thanks Lissa a wink is  as good as a nod,Im sure between us all Elaine you will have more, planting stock 

Comment by Lissa on June 13, 2015 at 6:51

Did you keep some for replanting Elaine?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 13, 2015 at 6:14

The Maranta looked quite peaky on it. Could be because the pot dried out a bit, wouldn't improve the growing conditions. Figured on doing all the harvesting at once. Nope! Little miss laziness has outsmarted herself ;-)

Comment by Lissa on June 13, 2015 at 6:07

When I was growing Maranta as a decorative plant it never died off. Individual leaves died of course, but the plant itself doesn't die off.

Janet will give the nod when it's time to harvest them at the end of winter.

Comment by DARREN JAMES on June 12, 2015 at 22:34

Nice little crop Elaine ,isnt that fresh ginger smell something else I think thats one of the many reasons why we grow produce and the many folk would never understand.Ive been doing the same as Lissa and eyeing off my maranta  growing in its waste paper basket., just cant harvest it while its looking so healthy and vibrant looking.My tumeric and first pot of water chestnuts were harvested  and still two more pots to go

Comment by Lissa on June 9, 2015 at 16:59


I put that recipe on the link through google translate and boy was the result amusing! Here's a sample: Complemented temper pig Shan Gu, Run stomach, raw body fluid, the body Feng Ze skin, deficiency of nourishing bone health effect.

The recipe doesn't translate well. Can't be too difficult to find one in English.

Comment by Janet Fong on June 9, 2015 at 16:10

receipe for the bamboo maranta

I usually harvest my tubers towards the end of winter - give them time to fatten up. They shouldn't be too stringy. I often slice them and add to my stir fries. Or make a soup, see

Comment by Lissa on June 9, 2015 at 4:44

I've not touched my Maranta yet, though I give it the eye each day I walk past it. The one I did eat (courtesy of Janet) wasn't stringy but that was some months ago. Need to test again by eating some more. Try what Andy suggest and cut them against the grain. Shortens the string bits.

I planted up some store bought Turmeric some weeks back but nothing has sprouted. The rhizomes are still healthy in the pot though - I checked. I expect them to shoot when they are ready.

I replanted my ginger about 6 weeks back as they had been growing in the same pot for a couple of years and needed refreshing. The new plants are yet to take off but are doing fine. Some in a large pot (as it did so well for me as was easy to harvest) and some in beds, both raised and ground. What can I say, I like ginger :)

Galangal clump is spreading despite growing in a crappy spot. Yet to try digging any more of this up as the last time almost killed me it was so difficult to get out of the ground. It looks nice so I leave it alone.

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