How to Grow Your Own Ginger Root Indoor?Here Are Few Simple Steps! [Video]
Growing Ginger root can be fun! It is very healthy herb and a perfect one to grow indoors. It loves partial sunlight, demands low-maintenance. You can use parts of it at a time, and leave the rest in the soil to continue growing.
Little info about ginger
Ginger doesn’t tolerate frost and it takes about 10 months to mature. If you live somewhere where it gets cold or chilly during the winter, you should better grow ginger in a pot indoors. In summertime you can easily bring it outside.
Ginger is ideal for growing at home because this excellent plant grows well in partial to full dark or shade.
You can easily remove little parts of the ginger root while it continues to grow. You can use those pieces for brewing tea, cooking or for natural herbal remedies.
How to plant ginger root
You can buy the best ginger from a seed catalog or from a garden center and plant it.
If you decide to purchase Ginger from your local grocery store, you can use it to grow a plant, but the results will be spotty. They often spray the grocery store ginger with a growth inhibitor. The purpose is to keep it from sprouting before we purchase it. In fact, that inhibitor keeps it from sprouting even when you plant it or stick it in a pot of soil.
Grocery store ginger could be also coated in fungicides and pesticides. But you have no idea what you’ll buy and what’s on it. If you do purchase ginger from the grocery store, soak it in water overnight. You will remove as much growth inhibitor as you can.
Whatever you choose to do, here are some useful tips for growing ginger indoors:
Your chosen ginger root to plant should be round and plump with tight skin, and not old and shriveled. It should have few eye buds on it. Those are bumps that look like potato eyes. If they’re already a little green, it’s even better.
If your root has several eye buds, you can cut it and place each bud can in a separate pot in order to produce several plants.
Be sure to pick the ideal pot!
Most houseplants aren’t like this “plant”. Ginger root loves wide and shallow pots. The roots actually grow horizontally so be sure the pot you choose will accommodate its growth.
How to grow and plant ginger root indoors:
1. For fresh start, in warm water, soak the ginger root overnight. Like this you will get it ready for planting.
2. Fill your pot with well-draining and very rich potting soil.
3. With the eye bud stick the root pointing up in the soil. Then cover it with 2 inches of soil. Water it nicely.
4. Place the ginger in a spot that stays reasonably warm and doesn’t get too much bright sunlight.
5. Keep the soil moist, water it lightly or use a spray bottle to mist it.
6. It is a slow growing plant, so you need to be patient. After a few weeks you should see popping up out some shoots of the soil. Regularly continue to water the plant and keep it warm. This is very important to do!
You can harvest small pieces of ginger 3-4 months after growth begins. To find some rhizomes below the surface, at the edges of the pot just pull aside some of the soil. Cut the amount off a finger at the edge of the pot and then return the soil.
You can endlessly grow and harvest Ginger in this way. As long as you take care of it, it will simply continue to produce roots. If you need a larger harvest, you can easily re-plant a few rhizomes and start the process over again.