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Growing Ginger Root

Root Ginger

Ginger is such a popular plant, used widely in the kitchen as well as for medicinal purposes. Wonderful in curries, stir fry and Sushi. And you can grow it yourself.

We are fairly sure that you may have already managed to sprout ginger by accident, so why not grow in yourself ?

The Ginger plant is Zingiber officinale, also known as root ginger, and it can be grown in the home garden given a warm climate or a hothouse situation.

In cooler climates ginger can be grown in pots or containers and kept indoors during cooler periods to extend the growing season.

Remember that ginger plants will get to 3ft tall so a reasonable size container will be required.

Ginger can be grown from pieces of ginger purchased for cooking, the piece will need to have 'eyes' which are the growing points. Ginger is usually planted in spring and harvested in the fall.

Growing ginger as a culinary plant is not difficult given the right growing conditions.

Ginger rhizomes are the part of the plant that we eat and if you are growing ginger as a crop you will need to lift and divide it every year to keep the plants growing at optimum.

Growing Ginger Indoors

For those that live in colder climates you can row ginger indoors. The ideal situation is to nights no colder than 55F.

However in colder climates this makes the growing season to short. So plant the ginger indoors about a month before the weather warms up. And then you can shift it outdoors during the warm season.

This way you can have the ginger both indoors and outdoors to lengthen the growing season.

Use a container that is around 15 inches, with a moisture retentive, but free draining soil. Add some perlite to ensure the drainage is good, and some coir peat for moisture.

  1. All you really need is piece of ginger from the grocery store.
  2. Leave it in a sunny position and it will usually begin to sprout.
  3. You need a sandy, free draining light soil
  4. Plant at around 1 inch below the soil surface.
  5. Use a liquid seaweed fertilizer every 2 weeks during the growing season.
  6. Keep moist but not wet.
  7. Ginger likes a warmth no colder than 55F, so bring it indoors on cold nights.
  8. Usually in around 2 weeks you will have it sprouting
As winter comes around, you can either try to overwinter the plant indoors, good light, warmth and a little moisture. Or simply dig the ginger and eat it. It may not be very big, however you will have had the joy of growing the ginger indoors, and maybe seeing it flower.

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