By Meredith Skyer Ginger
is the perfect herb to grow indoors. It’s very low-maintenance, loves
partial sunlight, and you can use parts of it at a time, leaving the
rest in the soil to continue growing. Besides, it’s delicious!
Really, what’s not to love about growing ginger inside?
A bit about ginger Ginger
takes 10 months to mature and it doesn’t tolerate frost. If you live in
a place where it gets chilly in the winter, you’d be better off growing
ginger in a pot indoors and bringing it outside in the summertime. Ginger
is one of those miraculous plants that grows well in partial to full
shade, which makes it ideal for growing in your home, where most people
don’t have full sun pouring on their windows all day long. Little
bits of the ginger root can be removed while it continues to grow. A
little bit of ginger goes a long way, so these pieces can be used forcooking, brewing tea or for herbal remedies. How to plant ginger The
best ginger to plant is purchased from a garden center or seed catalog.
You’ll have much better luck if you get seed ginger that was meant to
be planted. However, ginger can be hard to find from garden suppliers,
especially locally. Ginger purchased from the produce department of your local grocery storecanbe
used to grow a plant, but with spotty results. Grocery store ginger is
often sprayed with a growth inhibitor to keep it from sprouting before
it’s purchased. That inhibitor also keeps it from sprouting when you
stick it in a pot of soil. Grocery
store ginger also could be coated in pesticides and fungicides. The
truth is, you have no idea what’s on it. I’ve heard of grocery store
ginger growing just fine, and I’ve heard of it sitting in a pot forever
and never budging. If you do purchase your ginger from the grocery
store, be sure to soak it in water overnight to remove as much growth
inhibitor as you can.
Whichever way you choose to go, here are some helpful tips for growing ginger inside: The
root that you choose to plant should be plump with tight skin, not
shriveled and old. It should have several eye buds on it (bumps that
look like potato eyes) and if they’re already a little green, all the
better. If your root has several eye buds, it can be cut and each bud can be placed in a separate pot to produce several plants. Be sure to pick the perfect pot! Unlike
most other houseplants, ginger loves shallow, wide pots. The roots grow
horizontally so be sure the pot you choose will accommodate its growth. How to grow ginger indoors, step by step: 1. To start with, soak the ginger root overnight in warm water to get it ready for planting. 2. Fill your pot with very rich but well draining potting soil. 3. Stick the ginger root with the eye bud pointing up in the soil and cover it with 1-2 inches of soil. Water it well. 4. Place the ginger in a spot that stays reasonably warm and doesn’t get too much bright sunlight. 5. Keep the soil moist, using a spray bottle to mist it, or water it lightly. 6.
Ginger is a slow grower, after a few weeks you should see some shoots
popping up out of the soil. Continue to water the plant regularly by
misting it with a spray bottle and keep it warm Harvesting ginger: Small
pieces of ginger can be harvested 3-4 months after growth begins. Pull
aside some of the soil at the edges of the pot to find some rhizomes
beneath the surface. Cut the needed amount off a finger at the edge of
the pot and then return the soil. Ginger
can be harvested in this way endlessly, and as long as it is well cared
for, it will continue to produce roots. If you need a larger harvest,
you can uproot the entire plant and re-plant a few rhizomes to start the
process over again. Have you ever tried growing ginger inside? Do you have any tips to share?