Ginger King is an important commercial crop known for its aromatic rhizomes used as both medicine and spice. The rhizomes of Ginger King are erect, has leafy stems which is about 30 -90 cm in height. The leaves are dark green, 15-20 cm long, narrow, lanceolate with a prominent midrib. At the 9th month, green leaves turn yellow. Ginger King promotes healthy heart; prevent ulcers; good for diabetes; regulates cholesterol levels; treats arthritis; boosts immune system.
- Advantages of Tissue Culture- True to the type - High market value - Healthy and disease free - Economically highly profitable as the planting material is in the form of sprouted shoots whereas in the traditional way of plantation, Mulching should be practiced for sprouting the shoots which spoils the seed quality; lowers Germination rate and invite diseases - Throughout the year planting can be done - Tissue culture planting material accommodates less space and more plants Habitat and Agronomy
- Soil Type - Prefers well drained soils like sandy or clay loamy, red loamy soils Climate/Temperature- Warm humid climate with moderate rainfall; dry weather is important during harvesting
- Variety - Zingiber officinale Intercrop- Tomato, Chilli, Banana, Tree castor, Coconut, Coffee, Orange, Pigeon pea Time of Planting- Onset of monsoon Spacing- 1.5 x 1.5 feet Days to Flowering- Not applicable Harvesting- 10 - 12 months Yield per plant and per acre- Average yield per plant - 1 Kg/plant; Minimum - 800 g; Maximum - 3 Kg Yield per acre - 20 to 30 tons