Ginger is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. It does not require much effort, needs partial sunlight, and you can use pieces of it, while the rest grows in the soil. It is super-delicious, so why do not you try growing some at home?
What do you know about ginger?
Ginger matures completely after 10 months, and frost is not that kind to it. If your winters are cold, you may want to grow ginger in a pot indoors, and take them out when it gets warmer.
It is one of the plants that successfully grows in partial to full shade places, so it will grow well in your home, because not many people have full sun pouring on their windows throughout the whole day.
You can remove little pieces of ginger as it grows, and that is enough for a long way -- add it to your dishes, make some nice tea or all-natural home remedy.
How to plant ginger
Always buy ginger from a garden center or seed catalog. Even better, look for seed ginger that was supposed to be planted. Unfortunately, ginger can be pretty hard to find from garden suppliers, especially if we are talking about local suppliers.
You can use the ginger offered at the produce department at the local grocery to grow a plant at home, but you may not be happy with the results. Ginger sold in grocery stores is sprayed with a growth inhibitor.
This step is necessary, as it prevents any sprouting. The growth inhibitor prevents the sprouting even when the ginger is planted in the soil.
There is a high possibility that grocery store ginger is treated with pesticides and fungicides. To be more precise, you cannot be completely sure what is on it. Some people have successfully grown grocery store ginger, but others have waited forever until their ginger grows. If you still decide to buy grocery ginger, make sure you soak it in water overnight, in order to remove any dirt or chemicals.
Check these useful tips on how to grow ginger indoors:
Choose plump root with a tight skin, and avoid shriveled and old pieces. You should also notice some eye buds on it. These look like potato eyes, and it is much better if they are a little green.
If your root has several eye buds, cut it into pieces, and place each bud in a separate pot. In this way you can grow several plants.
Always pick the right pot
Unlike other houseplants, ginger requires a shallow, wide pot. The root grows horizontally, so make sure the pot accommodates its growth.
How to grow ginger, step by step
- First, soak the ginger root in warm water. This will get it ready for the planting
- Fill the pot with rich, but well draining soil.
- Stick the ginger root in the soil, with the eye bud pointing up. It should be covered with 1-2 inches of soil. Water it.
- Place the pot in a reasonably warm place that does not get much bright sunlight.
- Make sure the soil is moust. Water it lightly or use a spray bottle to mist it.
- Ginger grows slowly. The first shoots should pop up out of the soil after a few weeks. Water/mist the plant regularly and keep it warm.
You can harvest the first small pieces of ginger in 3-4 months. Pull aside the soil at the edges of your pot. You should see some rhizomes right beneath the surface. Cut the needed amount and return the soil.
You can harvest ginger in this way endlessly, and it will keep producing roots as long as you care for it. If you need a larger piece, uproot the entire plant, and re-plant several rhizomes. This is when the whole process starts over again.
Have you ever grown ginger at home? Share your tips!
Source: Healthy Holistic Living