- You Can Grow Your Own Ginger
- How to Grow Ginger
- Choose the Right Rhizome
- Ginger-Pepper Rice Vinegar Recipe
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Tips on How to Grow Ginger Indoors
- Final Thoughts on How to Grow Ginger
- Grow it yourself: Ginger
- The spice to cure all ills
- Sex life
- Cooking with ginger
- Grow it yourself!
- Growing ginger in a pot is easy! It’s a great idea if you live in a cool temperate climate or you don’t have plenty of space.
- Growing Ginger in Pots
- Planting and Propagation
- Choosing a Pot
- Requirements for Growing Ginger in Pot
- Plant Care
- Growing Ginger Root (Zingiber Officinale)
- Learn How To Grow Ginger At Home
- Growing Ginger Root Is Not That Hard…
- What Ginger Plants Like And Dislike
- Planting Ginger Root
- How Much Space Does Ginger Need?
- How Much Water Does Ginger Need?
- How Much And Which Plant Food?
- When To Harvest Ginger Root?
- When Does Ginger Flower?
- A Few Final Notes For People In Cool Climates
- You might also like these
- Hydroponic Ginger Plants – Can You Grow Ginger In Water
- Does Ginger Grow in Water?
- How to Grow Ginger Hydroponically
You Can Grow Your Own Ginger
Fresh ginger is almost always on my grocery list, and we use quite a bit of it for cooking and cold remedies. About a month ago I happened to take a good look at the ginger on the counter, and it looked like it was beginning to grow. Light bulbs went off, and the ever frugal gardener in me kicked into gear.
How to Grow Ginger
Why can’t you take that rhizome and grow grocery store ginger? Well, it turns out that you can. With just a little bit of advance preparation, you can have ginger growing in your yard or windowsill within a month.
Choose the Right Rhizome
If you are purchasing ginger just for re-growing, then choose an organic rhizome. Rhizomes are similar to rootstalks. Why not start with the best? It turns out that it’s not entirely necessary to have organic to get yours started, the grocery store variety does not have anti-sprout chemicals on it like potatoes. Any rhizome from the store will begin to sprout. You need to give it the right conditions.
Fresh Culinary Ginger Root Start, Can be used in many different…
- Fresh Ginger Root is Great for Culinary Uses, and a Great Edible Perennial to enjoy year after year, Blooming Sized Bulb
- Grows in zones 9-11. or any frost free area
These tips will help you begin to grow your own grocery store ginger in no time from the right rhizomes.
Tip #1: Pick the best one at the grocery. Your rhizome should be plump and well hydrated. Look for ones that have nodes that may sprout. The ones in the picture have already begun. Get it ready to plant by placing it on the counter until the “nodes or eyes” start to grow. This could take a couple of weeks. You’ll know when they are ready because they begin to swell and turn a light yellow/green color. It looks much different from the root you’ve purchased. Keep it on the kitchen counter with plenty of sunlight. This works best in the spring when plants are naturally beginning to grow. The rhizome on your counter may start to shrivel, that’s okay. No need to give it water at this point.
Tip #2: Once the sprouting begins, cut your root into pieces with an “eye.” Just like planting potatoes, each piece needs to have at least one growing node that will sprout. Let each cut end heal for a few hours before planting.
Tip #3: Ginger is a rhizome, not a root. Therefore it needs to be planted close to the surface. Please make sure that the sides of the rhizome are covered with potting soil, but do not put it entirely under the soil or cover the top.
Tip #4: Planting ginger works exceptionally well in pots, be sure that if you are going to keep it in a pot, you give it plenty of room to grow. You should use potting soil for the pot and once transplanted into outside soil, and the plant will benefit from the addition of compost or aged manure.
Tip #5: Ginger needs consistent water. I’ve heard that it likes to be planted at the end of downspouts or in wet areas, but I have not tried it yet. I have mine in a makeshift double waterer so it can draw what it needs. You can make your own relatively easy.
Cut the bottom four inches off two plastic milk jugs. Use one as the planting pot and make several slits in the bottom for water drainage. Place this planter inside the other milk jug bottom. When you water, the excess will be collected in the bottom container, and the plant will take what it needs for water requirements. This makes watering easy because you only have to do it once or twice a week.
Tip #6: Remember ginger comes from the tropics and likes a humid environment. It grows best in zones 8-10. Create your ideal environment by making a plastic tent to go over the pot until the plant has begun sprouting and is established. If you have a greenhouse you have the ideal conditions, try to mimic that environment. You can also grow ginger in the kitchen or even a bathroom windowsill (humid area) if there is enough light.
Tip #7: Fertilize with compost or aged manure once a month. It is reasonably carefree once it gets established.
Tip #8: You can harvest your ginger at any time. However the longer you leave it to grow, the more you will have. Each fall digs up the roots and set aside a few to replant in containers. Be sure and protect it from the cold. The above-ground part of the plant will die back in the winter. Don’t let it sit in water during the cold season or the rhizome will rot. Unless you live in zone 8 or above, it’s probably best to dig them up at harvest time.
Ginger-Pepper Rice Vinegar Recipe
1 cup fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
1 Tablespoon whole black pepper
1.5 cups ice wine vinegar, heated to 110° in a medium saucepan
glass jar for steeping
- // Add the ginger and the peppercorns to the steeping jar.
- // Press them with the back of a spoon to release the flavor.
- // Add the warmed vinegar and stir slightly.
- // Screw on the jar lid and store in a cool, dark place. Shake the jar daily.
- // After 1 week, taste and check the flavor. Continue steeping until the flavor is to your liking.
- // Strain out the spices and use in cooking and salad dressings. It will keep for at least 6 months.
This recipe comes from: The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables by Carol Costenbader. It’s one of my favorite preserving books.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We answer some of the most asked questions about how to grow ginger at home or in your yard.
What Can You Do With the Leaves After Harvest?
While you can add them to the compost pile, it seems a shame to waste them. Although not as commonly used as the root, the leaves and shoots of ginger are edible. Here’s a suggestion from SFGate Homeguides “They are mainly used as a flavorful garnish much as you would use chopped chives or green onions, rather than eaten on their own. To use the leaves or shoots, chop them finely and sprinkle a small portion over a dish before you serve it or add it just at the end of cooking. The shoots and leaves have a mild ginger flavor.”
How Long does it Take to Grow Ginger?
Growing ginger usually takes eight to ten months. After that, you have a full grown plant ginger in right there in your home, given that you followed all the steps on how to grow ginger in pots and executed them properly.
However, you can choose to start harvesting the roots after several months. Just remove the loose soil from the root then spray with water. Roots mature in 10 months as well.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Growing Ginger?
Fresh ginger is one of the most used ingredients in many dishes. It is a tropical plant that is very easy to grow. However, like most plants, there are advantages and disadvantages to ginger growing. Read on to find out the pros and cons.
- Ginger helps improve blood flow. The following minerals are found in ginger: chromium, magnesium, and zinc.
- Can help minimize motion sickness symptoms.
- Stimulates gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion for nutrient absorption.
- Helps with digestion
- Fights respiratory problems
- It has side effects such as mouth irritation, stomach problems and more.
- Can cause rashes.
- Not advisable for those with high blood pressure.
- Risky when consumed during pregnancy.
Tips on How to Grow Ginger Indoors
These are additional tips when growing organic ginger indoors, from young ginger to a full grown one. Plus, when you finally have to harvest ginger.
- Store baby ginger in the freezer when not in use. Just cut some pieces out when you finally do need it.
- Make sure to use good quality soil when planting in a pot. Sandy loam is good for outdoor growing season. On the other hand, compost-enriched potting soil can be used in a pot utilized to grow ginger indoors.
- If you purchase root ginger from the store, get rid of the growth inhibitor that is used for commercial purposes. It allows fresh ginger to be shipped and stored without growing.
- Always keep in mind to provide enough water to the root in well-draining soil.
- Always grow from a rhizome, not from the seed.
Final Thoughts on How to Grow Ginger
With a bit of advance preparation, you can have your ginger growing from a grocery store rhizome. All it takes is a healthy start, a warm and humid environment, and sufficient water. What will you do with your harvest?
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Grow it yourself: Ginger
For centuries, ginger has been a popular spice in both oriental and occidental cuisine. In its dried form, it can also be used as a remedy for stomach and bowel problems. The ginger plant is native to tropical climates. It has elongated, aromatic leaves, but it is the tubers, with their lumps and fingers, which are the edible part of the plant.
Ginger is very versatile and is used in products ranging from spicy cakes, breads, to drinks (ginger ale) and sweets. Ginger is also widely used in asian dishes. That’s no coincidence, because the tropical plant originated in south-east Asia. It has pretty yellow-red flowers, and ginger plants are now grown ornamentally too. So let’s take a closer look at this versatile exotic plant with a fascinating history.
Both our everyday name ‘ginger’ and the botanical name Zingiber Officinale are derived from the Sanskrit word ‘sinabera’, which translates as ‘horn-shaped’. The first growers of ginger thought that the rhizome of the plant – the lumpy tuber to which the rest of the root system is attached – resembled antlers. It’s the rhizome of the plant that you see sold as ‘root ginger’ in supermarkets, and with a bit of imagination you can see the resemblance to an antler.
The spice to cure all ills
Little is known about how ginger first came to be cultivated. Historians think that the plant did not exist naturally in its current form, but was bred by humans. The ginger plant has been known in Chinese culture for over 3000 years. Dried ginger roots found their way from China and India to the Middle East, and eventually to Europe. It was transported via the trade caravans of the ‘Silk Route’, along with other luxurious spices, gold and precious stone. These days, most ginger still comes from Asia. India produces the largest quantity, followed by China and Indonesia. Other ginger-producing countries include Nepal, Australia, Nigeria and Fiji.
Around 2000 years ago, ginger roots were rarer than diamonds in the Roman Empire and few could afford to buy even a single stem. Ginger was especially prized for its healing properties, which made it a valuable commodity. It was reputed to be a miracle cure for all sorts of ills and ailments. It was a painkiller, a relaxant, a breath-freshener, a decongestant and an anti-septic. And as if that wasn’t enough, it was also a remedy for ‘flu, colds, catarrh, fatigue, headaches, migraine, nausea, fever, bowel problems, diarrhea, menstrual pain and even impotence.
Sometimes, the stories of ginger’s miraculous properties took on mythical proportions. One anecdote told of an Arab prince who, although he had a harem full of beautiful women, was unable to produce an heir. He had tried all the remedies that the doctors could offer him, but all in vain. One day, a traveling merchant paid a visit to his palace, and he presented the prince with a mysterious ginger drink. Whether it was down to the ginger or one of the other mysterious ingredients is not clear, but whatever it was, the prince was suddenly cured of all his inhibitions in the bedroom. He spent seven days and seven nights uninterrupted in his harem, so the story goes. The prince was so grateful to the merchant that he thanked him with his own weight in gold!
Cooking with ginger
There is a grain of truth in all these ancient legends. Ginger does indeed contain active substances that can have a beneficial effect on the human body. One of these is gingerol, which is converted to shogaol as the root dries out, and counteracts nausea and other stomach complaints.
Of course, ginger is also the perfect way to spice up your cooking. The intensity of the flavor varies according to when the ginger is harvested. The older the plant, the hotter the root will taste. Young ginger roots are softer and more succulent, and have a milder flavor. These young tubers can be eaten fresh or preserved in vinegar, sugary water or sherry, for example. Young ginger is also perfectly suited for making ginger tea. Just add sugar and lemon to taste! The juice of older tubers, by contrast, has a very strong flavor and is often used to flavor oriental recipes. The hotter varieties of the ginger root are an indispensable kitchen ingredient in China, Japan and many other South Asian countries. For example, fresh ginger is one of the most important ingredients in Indian curries and it is widely used in Burmese dishes, too. The ginger drink wedang jahe, which is made from ginger and palm sugar, comes from Indonesia. In Bangladesh, ginger is finely chopped or ground into a paste with garlic and shallots. The paste is then used as a basis for chicken and meat dishes.
Grow it yourself!
Ginger is a tropical plant which you can easily grow yourself and which does not require much expert knowledge. You start with a piece of fresh root ginger (actually the rhizome of the plant), which you can buy at any supermarket. Choose a piece which has some well-developed ‘growth buds’. The shoots will develop from these buds.
The next step is to break the root into pieces with a growth bud on each piece, and to plant these pieces in a seed tray in moist potting compost, with enough nutrients and good drainage. The usual time of year to do this is around the end of winter or the beginning of spring.
Keep the seed tray indoors, because most ginger is not winter hardy. Central heating can make the air a little too dry, so it’s a good idea to spray the plants with a mister once in a while. Ginger plants love light and warmth, but they can do just as well in strong sunlight. Avoid cold, wind or drafts at all costs.
The growing tips at the end of each ‘finger’ of the rhizome will sprout quickly. Long, slim leaves will grow from the end, which look much like sprouting grass. Within eight to ten months, the ginger plant will be fully grown. The plant can grow up to a meter and a half tall so you should allow some space to accommodate it.
After all that talk about ginger, we couldn’t finish without giving you a recipe for a sumptuous Thai stir-fry with ginger! no need to worry it won’t take you long to prepare this. It’s really quite simple and excluding the time needed for the marinade, it only takes about ten minutes!
You will need:
- 3 spring onions cut into rings
- 1 Spanish pepper cut into rings
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
- Grated ginger
- A few drops of fish sauce
- Sesame oil
- 1 dessert spoon of olive oil
- Half a cucumber, with the seeds and peel removed
- 10 tiger prawns, raw and peeled
Throw all the ingredients together in a wok and let them marinade for an hour. Then turn on the heat and stir-fry the whole lot for about four minutes until the prawns are cooked. Serve with rice or noodles.
Growing ginger in a pot is easy! It’s a great idea if you live in a cool temperate climate or you don’t have plenty of space.
If you live in USDA Zone 9b and above or any other subtropical or tropical climates around the globe you can easily grow ginger as a perennial both on the ground and in a container year round.
If you live below Zone 9b and down to USDA Zone 7b, please note that the leaves of the ginger plants growing outside on the ground will die but come back again after the winter. Below the Zone 7 or in any other cooler part you live, grow ginger in pots to keep the plant indoors in winters.
Ginger is a warm climate spice or herb, like garlic or turmeric, it is termed as SUPERFOOD. It has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. It’s the ability to expedite the digestion power is well-known.
Growing Ginger in Pots
Growing ginger roots is easy, find or purchase fresh ginger rhizomes (roots), measuring almost 3 to 5 inches. Look for pieces with growth buds or eyes. These little green buds look similar to that of potatoes. Store-bought ginger is sometimes treated with growth retardant chemicals, so it’s a good idea that you keep the rhizomes in water overnight or for a few hours.
Planting and Propagation
The best time to start growing ginger is spring. However, if you live in a frost-free warm climate, you can try to grow ginger in container anytime but the best time is an early wet season.
Plant the rhizomes (2-3 cm) 1 inch deep in the potting soil with the buds facing upwards. Ginger plants will start to emerge in a couple of weeks. Must note that ginger plants grow up to four to five feet tall.
Choosing a Pot
For growing ginger, select a standard 12 inches deep pot to provide ample space to roots to grow.
Requirements for Growing Ginger in Pot
In its natural climate, ginger is known to be grown in partial sun, so it’s a good idea that you keep your pot in a spot that receives full sun but shade in the afternoon. However, if you live in a really cold climate keep the plant in a sunny spot.
Loose, well-drained, and sandy-loamy soil that is rich in compost is best for growing ginger indoors or outdoors in a pot. Soil that blocks the moisture must be avoided.
The ginger plant requires deep and regular watering as it prefers slightly moist soil. However, it should be noted that overwatering and waterlogging may thwart the growth and cause the root rot. Also, watering should be reduced in winter.
As ginger prefers a warm climate it can’t tolerate drafts and cold temperature; it is advised to keep your ginger plants indoors when the temperature starts to dip below the level of 50 F (10 C).
It requires to cut off a finger and ensure that the section is at least 2 inches in length. Then the cut pieces are dried for a couple of days in a warm place before putting them in the ground.
Ginger requires soil that is rich in organic matter. You can top the pot with compost or well-rotted manure. Additionally, you can apply all-purpose fertilizer during the growing season.
Pests and Diseases
Pests including white grub, shoot borer, shoot boring weevil attack the ginger plant. It’s also get affected by bacterial wilt, soft rot, dry rot, and leaf spot viruses. It is highly recommended to keep the plant safe from these diseases and pests.
Your ginger roots are going to get ready for harvest within 8-10 months, once the leaves start to become yellow.
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Growing Ginger Root (Zingiber Officinale)
Learn How To Grow Ginger At Home
When I started growing ginger root I expected it to be difficult. It’s not.
I’ve been growing ginger at home for years, and ginger would have to be a serious contender for the title “most neglected plant” in my garden.
I look at my ginger plants exactly once a year, at harvest time. I harvest them, replant them, and then forget about them for another year.
I easily grow a year’s supply of ginger root from them. I also have plenty left over to give away, both ginger root planting material and ginger for eating.
You can get started using store bought ginger root. And you can easily grow ginger in pots or tubs, so growing ginger indoors is a possibility in cooler climates.
On this page I tell you everything you need to know about growing ginger, so you can grow your own fresh ginger, too.
Growing Ginger Root Is Not That Hard…
…provided you get a few basics right. Let’s first look at some pictures of ginger plants and the roots:
The picture above shows the foliage of ginger plants. Below you see a ginger rhizome.
We usually say ginger root when talking about the edible part of the ginger plant. But that is not really correct. You eat the rhizomes, and as you can see, the rhizomes have roots. Rhizomes and roots are two different things.
But I’ll keep talking about ginger root anyway, that’s what everybody does and you know what I mean.
Ginger Flowers are edible too!
by reader Jo Kuah from the UK
“I just wanted to point out that the ginger flower is edible. I’m originally from Malaysia and we use the flower to flavour stocks and curries in our dishes.
Just cut away the hard petals and eat the bud itself. Make sure to blend it or chop really finely as the plant is very hard, and could be uncomfortable to swallow, but it lends this beautiful high note to your spicy/sour base dishes that is unattainable from any other ingredient.
If you’re interested in hunting for some ginger flower recipes look for Asam Laksa or Asam Fish.
The Malaysian word for Ginger Flower is Bunga Kantan.”
What Ginger Plants Like And Dislike
Ginger loves a sheltered spot, filtered sunlight, warm weather, humidity, and rich, moist soil. (What else did you expect from a tropical plant?)
What ginger can’t stand is frost, direct sun, strong winds, and soggy, waterlogged soil.
Planting Ginger Root
The easiest way to get started growing ginger root is to get a few fresh rhizomes of someone who does grow ginger, at the time when the plant re-shoots anyway (early spring). Otherwise just buy some at the shops at that time.
Make sure you select fresh, plump rhizomes.
Look for pieces with well developed “eyes” or growth buds. The buds look like little horns at the end of a piece or “finger”.
Some people recommend to soak the rhizomes in water over night. That’s not a bad idea, since shop bought ginger might have been treated with a growth retardant.
I also read the advice to sit rhizomes in water until they sprout roots. That’s nonsense. Your ginger plant will be much happier if the roots are in the ground and can breathe right from the start, rather than having to deal with the transplanting shock and the change in conditions. If the ground is moist and warm they will root very easily.
Whether you grow your ginger root in a pot or in the ground, you do need really good soil to start with. It needs to be rich enough to feed your ginger (you can always add some fertiliser, see below), it needs to hold enough moisture so it doesn’t dry out, but it needs to be free draining so the ginger roots don’t become water logged.
Good compost is of course ideal. I use a mix of one part of my best compost with one part of my sandy garden soil. The compost supplies the nutrition and holds water, and the sand/loam makes sure the mix drains freely.
If your garden has reasonable soil just dig in some compost and that should be good enough. If your soil is too heavy you can make a raised bed or a small hill or ridge to improve drainage.
The best planting time is late winter/early spring (late dry season/early wet season in the true tropics). Make sure you select a spot where the plants get plenty of light but no direct sun, and where they are protected from wind.
You can cut or break up the ginger rhizomes in little pieces with a couple of growing buds each. Or just plant the whole thing. Plant your ginger root five to ten cm/2-4 inches deep, with the growing buds facing up.
How Much Space Does Ginger Need?
Growing ginger doesn’t take up much room at all. Every rhizome you plant will first only grow a few leaves, in the one spot. Over time it will become a dense clump and very slowly get bigger, but only if it isn’t harvested.
The rhizomes underground also don’t seem to mind if they become a bit crowded.
Ginger only grows to about two to three feet/60-90cm in height.
A 14 inch pot easily holds three average rhizomes, a rectangular styrofoam box holds about nine to a dozen. If planting them in the ground plant them about 15-20 cm/six to eight inches apart. And if you want to plant a whole hectare order 1000 – 1500 kg. 🙂
How Much Water Does Ginger Need?
Ginger needs a lot of moisture while actively growing. The soil should never dry out. Don’t overwater, though, because the water that drains away will take nutrients with it.
Ginger loves humidity. If you have problems with dry air then regular spraying and misting might help. Dry air can cause problems with spider mites. But that’s rather a problem for people who try to grow ginger out of its range and indoors. A sheltered, moist spot in a warm climate will provide enough humidity.
If you are growing ginger in the ground mulch it thickly.
It helps to keep the ground moist, it helps feed the ginger as the mulch breaks down, and it also keeps down weeds.
Ginger is a slow growing plant and easily overgrown by others.
Towards the end of summer/wet season, as the weather starts cooling down, your ginger will start to die back. Reduce the water, even let the ground dry out. This encourages the ginger to form rhizomes. Once all the leaves have died down your ginger is ready for harvest.
How Much And Which Plant Food?
If you are growing ginger in good, rich soil it shouldn’t need anything extra. I grow mine in tubs. I put in fresh compost mix every year and never add any extra fertiliser.
If you don’t have good soil, or if you are growing ginger in some standard bought potting mix, then you have to feed it regularly. You will also have to feed it if you are growing ginger in an area that gets torrential summer rains (many tropical regions do). Such rains leach all the goodness from the soil.
Work in some organic slow release fertiliser at planting time. After that you can use some liquid fertiliser like seaweed extract or fish fertiliser every few weeks.
When To Harvest Ginger Root?
If you are growing ginger root in the garden you can start stealing little bits of it once it is about four months old. Just dig carefully at the side of a clump.
But be aware that this “green ginger” does have a lot less flavour than the mature stuff.
The best time to harvest ginger is any time after the leaves have died down. Usually it takes eight to ten months to get to that point.
You can now dig up the whole plant. The reason that I grow my ginger in tubs is that it makes the harvest so easy. I don’t have to dig, I just tip out the whole thing.
My ginger grows in stryrofoam tubs. (And next to them.)
Break up the rhizomes, select a few nice ones with good growing buds for replanting (you can replant them straight away), and keep the rest for the kitchen.
I simply peel, chop and freeze the whole lot. An even better way is to cut it into small chunks and store it in brandy. Brandied ginger keeps like fresh. Thank you to reader Jan Stevenson for this tip.
The rhizomes that have been replanted or left in the ground don’t need any water or attention until the weather warms up again. Mine still get watered where they are (other plants in the area need it), and that doesn’t seem to hurt them either.
The other way to grow and harvest ginger is to have many clumps growing around your place, and to just dig up what you need, when you need it. The plants grow outwards from the mature rhizomes. Once a clump is big enough you can harvest the mature tubers from the middle without damaging new shoots.
By the way, if you are serious about growing ginger at home then resist the urge to harvest it for a year or two. Rather build up a good resource stock first. I started with one little rhizome and dug it up the first time after two years. I replanted every single promising looking bud and still had some to eat. Next year I did the same, and after that I always harvested enough to last me the whole year.
When Does Ginger Flower?
When growing ginger as outlined above you won’t see any flowers. A clump needs to be about two years old to flower. So if you want to see your ginger flower leave it in the ground, and just dig very carefully at it to harvest bits here and there.
The flowers of culinary ginger are green and insignificant anyway.
There are however some spectacular flowering gingers. If you are after great flowers get some of those. They are grown exactly like the culinary ginger, just skip the harvest.
(Mind you, many of the flowering gingers are edible, too. They just don’t taste nice.)
Photo: Doug McAbee
There’s also a pretty variegated ginger with white and green striped leaves. All the ornamental ginger varieties are evergreen in the tropics, meaning they don’t die down like the culinary ginger.
A Few Final Notes For People In Cool Climates
Don’t expect to be harvesting much of your ginger plants. You’ll be growing ginger mostly as an ornamental plant. It is a really pretty plant with its glossy strap leaves and it smells beautifully when you brush against it.
Start your ginger indoors, it will be too cold outside in spring. Don’t worry about the dappled sunlight. In your parts of the world the sun isn’t as intense. Your ginger should be able to handle it and it needs all the warmth it can get.
You may or may not be able to keep it alive over winter, depending on where you are. Definitely move it inside at the first signs of cold weather. Once the leaves die back keep it reasonably dry and cool or the tubers will rot, and with a bit of luck your ginger may grow back next year.
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Hydroponic Ginger Plants – Can You Grow Ginger In Water
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is an ancient plant species that has been harvested for millennia for not only medicinal uses but in many Asian cuisines as well. It is a tropical/subtropical plant that grows in rich soil in warm regions with high humidity. To grow ginger, these conditions need to mimic those where it grows naturally, but what about hydroponic ginger plants? Can you grow ginger in water? Keep reading to find out about rooting and growing ginger in water.
Does Ginger Grow in Water?
Ginger is inappropriately called ginger root, but what is actually used is the rhizome of the plant. From the rhizome, spring upright, grass-like leaves. As the plant grows, new rhizomes are produced.
As mentioned, usually the plant is cultivated in soil, but can you grow ginger in water? Yes, ginger does grow in water. In fact, growing ginger in water has advantages over traditional cultivation. Growing hydroponic ginger plants take less maintenance and less space.
How to Grow Ginger Hydroponically
To start, you will not be rooting the ginger in water. Although for the majority of the plant’s life, it will be grown hydroponically, it is best to root a piece of the rhizome in compost first and then move it to a hydroponic system later.
Cut a rhizome into several pieces with a bud on each. Why several? Because it’s a good idea to plant several to ensure germination. Fill a pot with compost and plant the pieces about an inch (2.5 cm.) deep into the soil. Water the pot well and on a regular basis.
Prepare your hydroponic system to receive the ginger plants. They need about 1 square foot (.09 sq. m.) of growing room per plant. The tray you will be placing the plants in should be between 4-6 inches (10-15 cm.) deep.
Continue to check to see if the rhizomes have germinated. When they have produced stems and some leaves, remove the strongest plants from the soil and rinse off their roots.
Place 2 inches (5 cm.) of growing medium into the hydroponic container, place the new ginger plants atop the medium and spread out the roots. Keep the plants spaced about a foot apart. Pour in growing medium to cover the roots to anchor the plants in place.
Hook up the hydroponic system to water and feed the plants about every 2 hours using a standard hydroponic nutrient solution. Keep the pH of the fluid between 5.5 and 8.0. Give the plants about 18 hours of light per day, allowing them to rest for 8 hours.
Within about 4 months, the plants will have produced rhizomes and can be harvested. Harvest the rhizomes, wash and dry them and store them in a cool, dry area.
Note: It is also possible to stick a slightly rooted piece of rhizome into a cup or container of water. It will continue to grow and produce leaves. Change out the water as needed.