Learn how to grow ginger indoors and outdoors, what growing conditions this tropical plant needs to thrive and produce an abundance of the spicy and healthy root. If you can provide these conditions growing ginger is easy!
Few of us are lucky enough to have a garden with these conditions,
but it is still possible to grow ginger if you do not.
You will be able
to grow it
indoors in containers or in a glasshouse.
The ideal conditions for growing ginger root are:
Annual rainfall over 150cm
Temperatures over 30 C/85 F
Short dry season
Deep fertile soil
Ginger, like most tropical plants, does not like bad conditions, including:
- Direct sun
- Strong winds
- Soggy, waterlogged soil
Try to avoid these conditions if you plant it outside. If you are
growing ginger indoors remember to move the plant if it is in a location
where it might
get too cold in winter.
How To Grow Ginger In 4 Simple Steps
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Step 1: Soil Preparation
To get the best results for your ginger, try to use rich soil that is
moist but drains well. Adding organic fertilizer and compost will improve the soil quality
the growth of the ginger.
Step 2: Propagation from A Root
The easiest way to get hold of a ginger plant is to break the little
"finger" end pieces off a root of ginger. The best ones are those with a
developing. These look like a small pyramid horn at the end of the root.
Other ways are to divide an existing ginger plant or use fresh ginger root that
you can buy from your local market or supermarket. The roots will shoot readily.
Try to take at least a two inch length of root for the best results.
Keep this pot warm and constantly moist throughout
season. Make sure that the pot will drain well to stop the ginger roots
becoming water logged.
Once it is growing then you can feed it with an organic pot-plant feed
every two or three weeks. When you are successfully growing ginger then
need to transfer the plant to a 14 inch pot to give it enough room to
Growing ginger requires a lot of water, but only during the
summer growing phase. Once the weather starts to cool down in late
summer, the ginger will
start to die back. At this point, reduce the water and this will
encourage the ginger to form rhizomes. When the leaves are all dead, the
ginger is ready
Step 4: Harvesting
In the garden, you can start to harvest ginger after it is about four
months old. The easiest way to do this is to dig carefully at the side
of a clump.
However, the best time is when the leaves have died down usually after
about eight to ten months of growth.
At this point you can dig up the entire plant.
This ginger will have a lot more flavor than the younger plants.
How To Grow Ginger In A Pot
If your growing conditions outdoors are not ideal try growing this delicious spice in a container. This is really easy! You can keep the pot outside during the warm summer season or keep it in a conservatory or glasshouse.
Ginger plants are easy to grow as long as they are not affected by
pests or diseases. One of the best ways to avoid trouble is to leave
some space between
plants to reduce the chance of contamination. Inspect the plants on a
regular basis for signs of infestation.
Growing ginger is a great way to have your own supply of the rhizomes
that you can use whenever you need it. This way you can use your own
plants to add
great flavors to your cooking or for its medicinal uses.