Ginger is a great herb to grow inside – this is the type of plant that enjoys partial sunlight, is low-maintenance and you can use parts of it while leaving the rest in the soil so that it can continue growing. Plus, it can be used to make some amazing dishes. When it comes to growing ginger, we recommend growing it indoors so that you can have it year round.
Just so you know, it will take around 10 months for the plant to mature. If you live in an area that has a cold winter hen it would be best to keep your gingers growing indoor because this type of plant is not capable of tolerating frost. It would be a good idea to keep the plant growing inside all winter long, then when the summer months hit, you can take it outside so that it can enjoy some fresh air.
Ginger plants do really good in partial to full shade, so it’s the ideal plant to grow inside your house as most of us don’t have full sun spilling through our window all day. While the ginger continues to grow, you can remove little bits of it so that you can use it to brew tea, for cooking or in herbal remedies. Just remember, a little bit of ginger can go a long way.
You can get your ginger to plant from a seed catalog or a garden center. You can plant ginger that you get from your local grocery store, however, the results may be a bit spotty. This is because the ginger you buy in the grocery store is usually sprayed with some form of growth inhibitor so that it doesn’t sprout while it’s in the store. For this reason, when you stick the ginger in a pot, it may not sprout. You would have better luck if you were to purchase ginger that was meant to be planted. Plus, you also have to consider the fact that the ginger you get from the grocery store could be coated with fungicides and pesticides.
Mind you, we’ve heard that grocery store ginger can grow just find, but then we’ve heard of it sitting in a pot forever and never revealing its true colors. If you do decide to purchase the ginger to grow from the local grocery store, we recommend soaking it in water overnight in order to eliminate as much of the growth inhibitor as you can.
Growing Gingers Indoor
Whichever route you choose to take, we’re here to give you some helpful tips to help you grow ginger inside your home. Regardless, the root you choose should have tight skin and not have an old and shriveled up appearance. There should be a couple of eye buds visible – the eye buds are bumps that look like the eyes you find on potatoes. If they have a little green color to them, that is even better. If you choose a root that has a variety of eye buds, you could always cut each bud and place them in separate pots – this technique will allow you to produce more than one plant.
Make sure you pick the best pot for this. While most houseplants enjoy deep pots, ginger is quite the opposite – these type of plants love wide, shallow pots. The roots of a ginger grow in a horizontal direction, so the pot you choose should definitely be wide in order to accommodate its growth.
Growing Ginger Indoors – Step by Step
- Start out by soaking the ginger in warm water overnight. This will get it ready for planting the next day.
- Pick out the perfect pot and fill it up with potting soil.
- Take the ginger root and with the eye bud pointing up, stick it in the soil. Cover it with a couple of inches of soil and water it.
- The ginger should be placed in an area that is moderately warm and doesn’t get a whole lot of bright sunlight.
- Make sure you use a spray bottle in order to keep the soil moist. If you do not have a spray bottle on hand, you can lightly water it. Just don’t soak the soil too much.
- Remember that ginger doesn’t grow fast. After a couple of weeks have passed, you should start to see some shoots sprouting up from the soil (this is exciting). Continue watering the plant on a regular basis and make sure you keep it warm.
Harvesting the Ginger
You can harvest tiny pieces of the ginger after about 4 months. To do this, push some of the soil to the side at the edges of the pot so that you can find some rhizomes under the surface. Once you cut the need amount from the edge, cover it back up with the soil.
You can have an endless amount of ginger if you harvest it this way and as long as you take proper care of it, it will continue to grow roots. If you would like to harvest a larger amount of ginger, you can uproot the whole plant, then re-plant a couple of rhizomes in order to start the entire process over again.
Baby ginger is juicier and has less string, plus it has a nice mild flavor to it. If the skin is thin, there will be no need to peel it. You can steep slices of the ginger in hot water with some honey and lemon, toss chunks of it in the juicer with carrots and apples or sauté it with some yummy vegetables. Really, there’s so much you can do with ginger and for this reason, so that you can have it all year long, we recommend growing it indoors – just follow the step-by-step instructions we gave you above and you should do fine.