Red Ginger or we can call it Alpinia Purpurata, are native Malaysian plants. It is also called an ostrich plume or pink cone ginger. Red ginger belongs to the Zingiberaceae family and it’s closely related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal. Right now, it can be found anywhere in the world easily especially not in cold weather countries or tropical countries such as other countries in Asia or some area like South Florida or Hawaii in the United States of America.
Red Ginger Habitat
Alpinia Purpurata has 12 – 32 inches long for their leaves and red ginger stems can grow to form a spike-shaped cluster of red flowers. For their height, it typically hit 6 ft or more. It also has small version varieties that reach about only 3 ft long.
Red ginger needs to put directly under the sun or as long as you keep the temperature at 60 degrees F all the time. The best place to grow red ginger is on the pot. So for this case, you can turn the pot every week to give every side an equal light amount from the sun.
For this matter, the ginger needs a very generous amount of water. But also not too much, just need to keep it in a moist condition. You can reduce the amount of water once you see their leaves turning into yellow color. This means that you give them too much water or we can call it overwatering.
A lovely red ginger needs high humidity, it’s around 50% constant humidity. In case you put it inside the room, you can use a humidifier and put it near the pot so it will not make the air dry around the it.
Use good quality soil.
Health Benefits If You Consume Red Ginger
- Help to fight infections
Red ginger is one of the most beneficial herbs that can reduce human infections. This is because red ginger contains some very important compounds such as zingeron, shogaol, and gingerol. These three substances can fight infections.
- Protect Human from getting Alzheimer’s disease
There are some studies about red ginger can reduce the chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease. This is because it has antioxidants and bioactive compounds inside the ginger. Also, some other studies proved that consuming red ginger daily will enhance brain function especially to reduce memory loss.
- Prevent Cancer
The gingerol in Alpinia Purpurata will prevent humans from getting cancer if they consume it on daily basis, it proved that the ginger will reduce inflammatory signaling molecules in the colon itself.
- Warming Our Bodies
The most famous benefit of red ginger is warming up our bodies. This because red ginger gives a spicy flavor from the gingerol in it. It gives a benefit to make our body warm. This is why it is nice to consume red ginger with some tea or hot milk when it comes to rainy seasons. It will also protect our immune to not getting sick easily.
- Heal Headaches and Cough
Same as warming up our bodies, whenever we feel headache or cough or sore throat, we can drink some hot drink consist of the ginger. This will help to heal faster and it is healthier rather than medicine.
- Losing Weight
If you are on diet, consuming red ginger pills would help to burns some calories.
- Lower the chance to get cholesterol
Most of the people, when they are older and didn’t take care of their health or what they eat, it will make them getting
How to Grow Red Ginger
Planting Red Ginger In A Container
To plant red ginger in a container, the containers must be at least 3 gallons in size and provide enough drainage for the ginger itself. You can use a container as the place for planting your ginger when you don’t have outdoor space to do it.
Once you decide to choose this method, you have to prepare the moist soil and also don’t make the soil dry out completely. Every once or twice a week, you have to do watering to the ginger plants. The amount of the water is just not too much depending on where you grow the ginger, such as a small pot or big pot, etc.
It always gonna need a bring light but not directly to the sunlight or strong artificial light.
You have to dig up the plant carefully to obtain cuttings from the root system. The best way is to dig at least a maximum of 8 inches away from the plan to avoid removing the root system.
After digging the red ginger plant, you have to shake off the clumps of roots and remove excess soil, then you have to divide the roots into smaller sections. Normally, we can divide the clumps of roots into 3 – 5 smaller sections. Make sure that every root is separated and not knotted to each other. You will find it easy to pull apart if you do the step correctly.
Every root that has been cut off needs to be taking care of. Put them into a paper and gently clean the root from the dirt or dust.
After you clean it, put them away for a second and start filling the pots or containers you will use with good quality of sterilized and sand. The best amount is half full of these compounds.
Put one by one red ginger’s root into the pot.
Once it’s all set on the pot, you have to set the right humidity level. To do this, you have to set a drainage dish under each pot. This way works well to increase the humidity level for your red ginger plants.
Aside from that, you have to facilitate drainage. To do this, place a shallow layer of pea gravel under each dish.
New red ginger plants need to be placed in such a bright and warm location. Make sure the temperature is constantly at a minimum of 50 degrees F especially at night. It needs a lot of light, which is a minimum of 8 hours a day. The other thing you have to concern about is to not do the watering too much.
For fertilizer, the best solution is to keep them having moist soil. Also, always use a water-soluble until established the plants. Red ginger only need once a month for the fertilizing’s step.
After all the step is done, you can wait to start 6 months until 12 months for the red ginger to established after the cutting root’s process before.