Why Grow My Own Ginger?
Ginger is a popular ingredient in stir fry cooking, and for many home made herbal remedies. It is easy to find at most grocery stores, but can be very expensive to purchase. If you like to use this tasty herb very often, you may find that growing it yourself will save you money, and ensure that your ginger has not been treated with any unwanted chemicals.
If you grow any plants indoors, then you will be able to successfully grown ginger root. Soon, you will be looking for ways to use all the root that you have!
Growing ginger is no different than growing another herb. You need to buy the best root possible, a plump, smooth skinned ginger root is best. Do not use one that looks skinny and shriveled. This indicates that the root has been stored too long and has become old.
Soak the ginger root in warm water overnight. After soaking, use a pot with plenty of drainage, and fill it with potting soil. I like to use my composted worm manure mixed with potting soil to plant ginger.
Watching It Grow
Cut your soaked ginger root into pieces, allowing a few bumps per piece. Press the ginger root 2 to 5 inches into the soil and cover lightly. I cover with enough potting soil so that the root is not readily visible, but I can still pull aside the soil lightly to check on the growth.
Keeping Your Ginger Root Happy
Keep your ginger root growing happily by providing the right environment. This means plenty of humidity in the air by misting regularly. I like to mist my ginger plant every other day. Keeping on a schedule, ensures that the ginger never dries out, which will stunt its growth forever. The soil should remain moist but never soaking. Remember to keep your ginger well drained, to avoid rotting.
A trick to keep the humidity higher and ensure drainage, is to place your pot on a tray of small stones. Keep the tray full of water. This way it is always evaporating and adding moisture right directly to the plant's area. Having the pot raised onto the stones keeps the ginger from sitting right in water.
Along with humidity, ginger likes a warm environment. Keep your indoor temperatures at least 75 degrees. Don't assume a sunny window will do it either. To make matters more interesting, ginger also likes partial sunlight. You may have to tweak your indoor garden area, to suit ginger root's particular needs.
Harvesting and Eating Ginger Root
Now that you have grown your ginger root, harvest what you would like to use, by digging up a rhizome and cutting off a piece. As long as your replant another piece, you can continue to have fresh ginger for years to come.