It is the perfect plant to cultivate at home since it requires low amount of sunlight. However, the cold temperatures don’t have the best effects on it , so you should try and keep it indoors.
Its delicious taste and many health benefits are some of the reasons for you to start growing ginger at your own home. Its roots are usually used for cooking, herbal mixtures and teas. It takes about 10 months for ginger to become ripe enough for usage.
You can purchase ginger from seed catalogs or garden centers. You can also buy ginger from a grocery shop, but the results will be less obvious because of the inhibitor used on ginger in order to prevent it from sprouting. This inhibitor lasts even after you plant the ginger. However if you decide to get it from there, try to soak it in water overnight in order to get rid of any pesticides it may have.
Useful advices for growing ginger at home:
It is known that ginger grows horizontally , so try to pick wide, shallow pots. The root needs to be plump with tight skin and it’s better if it already has some sprouts. You can cut off each of the sprouts and plant them in different pots.
Step-by-step guide for growing ginger indoors:
- First, soak the ginger in warm water. Do this overnight to remove the toxic chemicals.
- Use rich and drainable soil to fill in the pot.
- Place the ginger root in the soil with its eye bud pointed up. It should be covered with 1-2 inches of soil and well watered.
Put the pot in a place that is warm and not too exposed to the sun.
Use a spray bottle or light watering to maintain soil moisture.
You should be able to see some sprouts out of the soil after a few weeks. Keep up with the regular moisturizing and watering.
3-4 months after planting, you can harvest the first pieces. You can find some rhizomes if you pull some of the soil at the edges aside in the pot. Cut the wanted amount off a sprout at the edges and then return the soil.
If you take a good care of the plant it will never stop producing roots. In this way you can harvest it regularly. If you want a bigger harvest you can uproot the entire plant and plant some of the rhizomes to start over.