Ginger is a delightful spice that comes with a pretty hefty pricetag at the store, but did you know that you can grow endless amounts of it at home for free? Or practically free at least.
What makes it even more appealing is its taste and healthy composition. The ginger is often used in cooking, teas and other herbal cocktails.
If you’re planting ginger though, bear in mind that you’re in it for the long haul. If you live in a cold climate, ginger can take up to 10 months to mature after planting! Of course, your ginger needs to stay indoors in the winter months.
How to grow the ginger?
Ginger likes wide, sheltered pots, warm weather, humidity and moist soil. Ginger would grow fantastically well in a small greenhouse in a sunny window.
When growing ginger, you can use pieces of ginger root picked up at a grocery store, but I highly encourage you to pick up seeds or roots from a local garden center. You’re more likely to see success.
Step-by-step guide for growing ginger at home:
Step 1. Soak your ginger roots overnight in warm water to get it ready for planting.
Step 2. Fill a pot with rich, well draining soil.
Step 3. Stick the ginger root into the soil with the eye bud sticking up out of the soil. Cover it with 1-2 inches of soil and water well.
Step 4. Place the pot in an area of the house that gets bright light but not direct sunlight and stays warm.
Step 5. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. You can achieve this with a daily misting from a spray bottle.
Step 6. After a few weeks, you’ll notice some shoots popping out of the soil. Continue the watering regimen and keep it warm.
Harvesting ginger’s fruit
You can harvest first fruits of ginger within 3 to 4 months. Since rhizomes will be mature, you can remove and plant the sprouts on the edge of the pot in order to have more fruit. If taking good care of the plant it will consistently give you roots that you can pick and consume and re-grow as described above.