Why should I order seed ginger from Paradise Pure?

Because it is grown in paradise and it is pure.  Not only that, our seed came straight from the University of Hawaii.    It started as tissue-cultured material in their lab.   Our seed has never been in the ground.   Specimens from our recent crop were given to the University of Hawaii for DNA tests, and our ginger continues to be free of bacterial wilt disease.   

What Is a Tissue Culture?
Tissue culture is a process that involves exposing plant tissue to a specific regimen of nutrients, hormones, and light under sterile, in-vitro conditions to produce many new plants over a short period of time--each a clone of the original mother plant. Tissue-cultured plants are characterised by disease-free growth, by a more fibrous, healthier root system, by a bushier branching habit, and by a higher survival rate.

There are three main steps to the tissue culture process:
STAGE I is the initiation phase.  It concerns the establishment of plant tissue in-vitro by sterilizing the material and initiating it into culture.
STAGE II is the multiplication phase.  At this stage the in-vitro plant material is redivided and placed in a medium with plant growth regulators that induce the proliferation of multiple shoots. This process is repeated many times until the number of plants desired is reached.
STAGE III is the root formation phase.  It involves the introduction of hormones to induce rooting and the formation of complete plantlets.

After the completion of these three stages, the plants are moved from the laboratory to the greenhouses for acclimatization and further development. 

Is Our Seed Organic?

We were certified by International Certification Services (ICS) on December 19, 2014.   ICS is out of Medina, N.D. 58467, Phone:  701-486-3578.  We proudly display our certificate on this website.

Our amendments are:

          1.  Sunshine Soil Mix #4 & 5 Organic formulated with Canadian Sphagnum peat moss, coarse perlite, organic starter nutrient charge, Gypsum and dolomitic limestone.
          2.  Coconut Coir Fiber, product of Down to Earth from Sri Lanka.
          3.  Dolomite, a limestone compo Garden-grade calcium magnesium carbonate which raises the  pH level of acidic soils.
          4.  Sustane Fertilizer, Bio-Organic Fertilizer and Soil Builder which both provide food and replenish the soil with the rich supply of essential nutrients, humus, and beneficial microbes required for long-term soil building and plant growth.  Sustane helps create dynamic, nourishing soil environments in which successful plants thrive.
          5.  EM 1 – OMRI, ACTIVE INGREDIENTS*: Microorganisms: 1 million colony forming units/cc (units/ml), 1%: Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus delbrueckii, Bacillus subtilis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Rhodopseudomonas palustris. INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: 96% Water and 3% Molasses
         6.  Azomite, the registered trademark for a complex silica ore (hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate) with an elevated ratio of trace minerals unique to the Utah mineral deposit  from which it is mined.
         7.  Perlite, product of Nor.Cal, a form of obsidian characterized by spherlulites formed by cracking of the volcanic glass during cooling, used as insulation or in plant growth media.

Why Should I Grow Baby Ginger?

If you are on the mainland, your growing season is anywhere from 5 to 8 months, unless of course you have a heated greenhouse.  If all requirements are met, baby ginger is at its prime at 5 to 6 months ( from pre sprout stage to harvest).  If you are on this website, you probably already know the benefits of Baby Ginger.   It is a relatively new crop, so now is the time to jump on board.

Baby ginger presents itself well at Farmer’s Markets.   The whole plant is a very desireable marketing tool to display at your booth.  Baby ginger’s culinary uses and varied applications are becoming common knowledge.  From eating it raw to candy, to medicinal purposes, a niche group is growing.   Due to these reasons, Baby Ginger sells for a pretty penny at the market  ($9 to $25 per pound).   It is an excellent product for intense gardening.   That means growing a high dollar product in a small amount of real estate.  It will stay pretty and pink for two weeks (at room temperature), so plan your sales around your harvest time (Aug/Sept/Oct.).   It can be frozen for later use as well. This would be great for chefs who include it in their recipes.   No high-end, natural food establishments will be without Baby Ginger.

Why not use store-bought ginger for seed?
Since there are no health risks, eating ginger with an infected disease that would drastically reduce your yield, it is a gamble planting ginger you buy at the store. The common diseases are bacterial fusarium and pythium wilt, rhizonctonia and chill injury.  The most devastating being bacterial wilt or Ralstonia solanacearum.   This disease can stay in the ground indefinitely.  Once the disease is identified, it is too late.   Again this ginger is perfectly fine to eat, but if you want the maximum yield, do not plant store bought seed. 

What is Bacterial Wilt?
Bacteria wilt, caused by a bacterium known as Ralstonia solanacearum (Smith) Yabuuchi, is the most limiting factor in the production of culinary ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) in Hawaii. The disease was responsible for a 45 percent statewide production loss of the ginger crop in 1993. It is a complex and difficult disease to control, infecting the ginger crop through all phases of a production cycle. It is present systemically in seed rhizomes as both an active and latent infection that contaminates seed-pieces when they are cut and prepared for field planting. In open-field production, even when disease-free starting materials are used in a clean field, it is difficult for a grower to prevent introduction of the disease from nearby diseased fields by means such as water runoff (as described by Trujillo, 1964) and human, equipment, and animal traffic.

Why should I pre-sprout my ginger seed pieces?
If you live somewhere with consistent temps of 50F plus in early spring, you do not need to presprout.  For people on the mainland, presprouting allows you to jump start your growing season.   Along with the hot, long sunny days of summer, presprouting allows for the maximum yield of your ginger.

Can I mature my own ginger seed pieces?
Yes.   You will probably need a heated greenhouse to keep soil to the required temperature of 50F or warmer.   Ask yourself:  How much will it cost to winter your ginger?   Many growers have decided it is cost efficient to buy their seed, rather than have a heated greenhouse.   Be careful if you hold back ginger that was planted in the soil, it may pick up a disease during the growing season.  There is also waste involved.   Some pieces will not grow a viable crop

What should I do if my ginger seed arrives with mold on it?
The seed can pick up surface mold “container mold” during transit.   This is what needs to be done:  Air out your ginger ASAP and start the presprout stage.    If you cannot presprout right away place your ginger on a rack with a fan blowing on it.

Won't my seed pieces get damaged in transit if they encounter cold weather?

We are members of Floriculture & Nursery Association (HFNA).   Your ginger will be shipped via FedEx 2 day.  Shipping from Hawaii might take an extra day.  We are confident that most of the time seed will not sit in one place long enough to damage the rhizomes, which is why we ship with FedEx.   However, if you are experiencing below zero or single digit temperatures, it would be better to wait until it warms up.   FedEx does not guarantee the viability of the seed in such freezing temperatures.   

How long will it take before my order arrives?
We process each order individually from harvest to shipping.   All ginger is washed (clean to USDA’s standards) and dried which takes 2 to 3 days.  We ship Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday to ensure second day shipping.    If you choose to have us cut your seed pieces, it takes an additional 4-5 days for your seed to cure.  So you could get your seed in 5-6 days if you cut your own seed. 

How many pounds will my baby ginger yield? 
If all growing requirments (hilling and fertilizing) are followed, you should see 8-13 pounds harvested for every pound planted.  

What are the seeding rates? (# = lbs.)
In the Ground:  Approximately 30# plants 100 row feet

What are the Growing Requirements?
It is wise to be sure that the best possible soil life "culture" is there and ready to make the minerals and organic nutrients in the soil available.   Make sure the pH in your soil is between 6 – 8.   Ginger likes wet (not soggy), but well-drained soil.   Ginger is a heavy feeder.  Use a mild, organic granular fertilizer (around 5-5-5) throughout the season.   Ginger needs calcium.  Adding gypsum to the soil helps on the up take of nutrients for the ginger.   The pH is not altered by the gypsum.   Certain strains of bacteria and fungi are also valuable for freeing nutrients that are in the soil but “tied up”.   We use EM-1 (Effective Microrganisms).  Ginger reacts favorably to hilling.  When you see the pink peeping out of the soil, add about 2 to 3 inches of your soil mixture.   This will need to be done approximately every two to three months. 

When will the Ginger be ready for harvest?
You can harvest in 5 to 6 months, if you want a crop of Baby Ginger.    If you want to sell mature ginger, harvest will be in 9-12 months.

Is bigger seed better?
A one ounce seed will most likely produce the same volume of new growth as a seed that weighs 1.5 ounces.  The larger seed could handle neglect better than a smaller seed (at least for a while).   When you cut seed the idea is to keep the exposed area as small as possible.  We are open to cutting the ginger for you.   You want each piece to have at least two or three eyes on it.  It is wasteful to cut too large a seed.  If you order ginger by the hand, you will determine how many seeds you get from it. 
About Growing Ginger

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