So, how does the idea of harvesting your own ginger over and over again sound? You say there’s a lot of ginger? Keep on reading…
You can plant ginger from a grocery store or market, and as the rhizomes under the soil grow, it will give you more ginger over time. Here are some tips on how to grow ginger at home:
Ginger starts out as a rhizome, which is like a tuber or bulb and grows underground. This is where the roots and stems grow from.
The rhizome, which is often called ginger, can be taken. The rhizomes will grow sideways and spread out under the ground, which will produce more ginger.
When more ginger grows underground, more stems will grow aboveground. These stems will come from the new rhizome growth. So, you should plant the ginger in big pots with enough room for it to grow in all directions.
How To Grow Ginger
Follow these steps to grow ginger in your own garden:
- Put the ginger in a dark cabinet so it can grow roots before you plant it. You want to see a few pointed growth tips. Some ginger from the store has been handled and won’t sprout. The best way to avoid this is to buy organic ginger.
- After putting the ginger in a container with potting soil, water it. Since the rhizome grows in a horizontal direction, a wide pot is best (this is how you get more ginger).
- For two weeks, keep the soil wet so the roots can grow.
- In two to three weeks, the ginger should have grown and taken root.
- Wait 4 to 6 months for the plant to grow new stems and spread out before digging into the soil and breaking off pieces of the rhizome to get fresh ginger.
At this point, you could even take the plants out of their pots, split them up, and plant each piece in its own pot to get more plants and a bigger harvest later on. This is a great way to do it because you can harvest an entire container at once in the future while still letting some plants grow in other containers.
What Growing Conditions Does Growing Ginger In A Pot Need?
Growing ginger in pots is simple as long as you meet their requirements.
To keep the ginger from going bad under the soil, you need soil that drains well. It should also be full of healthy things.
Keep the temperature between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius (68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit). They will do well outside of this range, though.
Ginger plants need to be kept moist, but not so much that the soil is soaked. If the soil is too wet, your crop might rot. When the soil on top is dry, give them water. Also, make sure they are in a container with good soil that drains well.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long After Harvesting Ginger Can I Eat It?
Ginger can be eaten soon after it is picked, as long as it is clean.
Can You Plant Ginger Root From The Grocery Store?
Ginger can be bought at the grocery store and planted in the ground to grow more ginger about 6 months later.
How Long Does It Take To Grow Ginger?
From seed to harvest may take 6 months, but the plants should keep making ginger rhizomes so that harvesting can keep going.
Why Won’t My Ginger Sprout?
Some ginger from the store doesn’t sprout because it has been touched. If you can find organic ginger, it should sprout since it hasn’t been touched. Make sure the root you buy is as big as it can be and has a lot of “eyes,” which are the places where the plant will grow.