Other common names: Cekur, Kencur, Resurrection lily, 沙姜, 山奈
Sand Gingers are a small, aromatic spice used in Malaysian and Indonesian cooking. Its leaves can be consumed raw or in soups, and its rhizome is often pounded into a powder and used to flavour sauces and curries.
It is a small perennial crop that readily grows in the tropics in both true ground and in pots. This is a common plant in herb gardens, and is sometimes used as a living mulch as part of companion planting.
Sun and soil needs:
Sand Ginger thrives in more than 2- 4 hours of direct sun or 4-6 hours of indirect sun. Plants do best in pots with loamy soil at least 10cm deep, or in true ground. These plants are vulnerable to root rot, so ensure that your pots drain well, and that your soil has plenty of inorganic soil amendments to let the roots breathe.
Sand Ginger naturally grows in clusters as the plant grows more rhizomes. Thin plants out to give them around 5-10cm of space to encourage the production of more rhizomes.
Plants can be harvested for rhizomes at any time. They are typically harvested continuously via division.
Sand ginger is propagated via division of the rhizomes.
Common problems & solutions:
This plant is relatively resistant to pests and disease if kept healthy.
Wilting leaves during hot weather is a sign of heat stress. Increase the number of times the plant is watered daily, or move it to a shadier part of the garden.