So how does it sound to have your own repeating harvests of ginger at home? Infinite ginger you say?! Read on…
You actually can plant up ginger that you buy at your food store or supermarket and it will produce more over time as the rhizomes under the soil grow. Welcome to our guide on how to grow ginger at home…
Firstly a bit about how ginger grows, it is a rhizome, which is like a tuber or bulb, that sits under the soil and the roots and stems will grow from this rhizome. The rhizome can be harvested and is what we know as ginger. The rhizomes will grow horizontally and spread out under the soil, which is how you get more ginger.
You can tell when more ginger grows under the soil as you’ll see more stems above ground, which come out of the new rhizome growth. For this reason you want to plant the ginger in quite big tubs so they have lots of room for horizontal growth.
How To Grow Ginger
Follow these steps to grow ginger at home:
- Select a piece of ginger from the store that has plenty of little round ‘eyes’ on it, as this is where the growth will come from. If the ginger is starting to sprout already that is great. It sprouts from these eyes.
- Put the ginger in a dark cupboard to sprout, you want to see a few pointy growth points before planting it. Some store bought ginger is treated and does not sprout, buying organic ginger is the best way to avoid this.
- Put the ginger in a pot with potting compost and water it. A wide container is best as the rhizome will grow horizontally (this is how you get more ginger).
- Wait for 2 weeks for the roots to grow, keeping the soil moist.
- In two or three weeks the ginger should have sprouted and rooted.
- Wait 4 to 6 months for the plant to have spread out with lots of new stem growth, and you can reach down into the soil and break off parts of the rhizome and you’ll have fresh ginger.
You can even take the plants out of their container at this point and divide them up and then pot them in different containers to get more plants and a bigger harvest in future. This is a great way to do it, as then you can harvest a whole container at a time in future and still leave some growing in other containers.
What Growing Conditions Does Growing Ginger In A Pot Need?
Growing ginger in pots is relatively hassle free, as long as you meet their needs…
Ginger will do well outside, just shelter it from full midday sun. Direct morning and later afternoon sun is fine.
A well draining soil is essential to prevent rotting of the ginger under the soil. It should also be nutrient rich.
The ideal temperature range is 20-25°C (68-77°F). But they will do well outside of this range.
You do not necessarily need to feed ginger, but you can use a low-nitrogen feed to encourage quicker root and stem growth.
Ginger plants need to be kept moist but do not want to sit in water logged soil as it can cause the your future harvest to rot. Water them when the top layer of soil is dry. And make sure they are in a well draining pot and soil mix.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long After Harvesting Ginger Can I Eat It?
You can eat ginger immediately after harvesting it, just give it a thorough wash first.
Can You Plant Ginger Root From The Grocery Store?
You can grow ginger from the grocery store, once planted up in soil it should yield more ginger in about 6 months.
How Long Does It Take To Grow Ginger?
From starting the plant to harvest it can take 6 months, but after that the plants should keep producing more ginger rhizomes to continually harvest.
Why Won’t My Ginger Sprout?
Some store-bought ginger does not sprout as it has been treated. Buy organic ginger if possible and it should sprout as it will not have been treated. Make sure the root you buy is as big as possible and has plenty of ‘eyes’ which is where the growth will come from.
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