Growing Ginger

I've always loved growing a plant from itself.  Ginger is one of my all-time favorite spice and I love adding grated ginger to some cheese cloth and throwing it in with my bath water to help remove and eliminate toxins from my body; Especially after an intense workout.  Ginger root has also been associated with reducing fever, relieving minor pains and reducing inflammations.  Crystallized ginger is especially helpful, for me, when flying or riding long distances in the back of a car on road trips.  

Growing ginger is quite easy and really fun.  It can also save you a ton of money on buying ginger if you tend to use it a lot around your home.  Here's how it's done.

Purchase your first ginger start from a grower, farmers' market, or even the local grocery store.  You want to look for a root that has a few nodes on it so that the growth of the ginger will take off a lot faster.  Place your ginger root into a small paper sack and place in a warm, not moist, dark environment until the nodes/rhizomes start producing some growth to them as below.

I like to store mine under my kitchen sink.  Everything seems to grow under my kitchen sink without me even trying.  I've started potatoes (brown and red), onions, ginger root, and even 'Pole' beans. 

Remove your ginger from the paper sack and lay on top of  your pot of soil that you are going to plant it in.  There are a lot of different ways to start the growth of the ginger and I like to read all about them, but I have found that laying the ginger on top of the soil over night helps.  I like to do this in order for it to remain in the same location that it produced it's shots in order for it to start to establish a "bed."

The following day go ahead and plant your ginger root in a good quality soil.  I use a mixture of top soil, compost, saw dust and steer manure.

After about a week you should start to see some root shoots and at this time you can move it to another larger pot or keep it in the same one.  I always plant mine shoot-side down, there are others that would disagree, but it's really your call.  It will grow either way, but you want to make sure you bury the entire root.

Water only when the soil feel dry and do not over-water!

2 weeks later your ginger will have taken off and start it's growth process.

I always keep my new ginger growth in a sunny window out of direct sunlight.  Ginger likes the humid, warm climates and is considered a tropical foliage plant.  It will come back year to year if it is protected from frost and colder temperatures.  You can start to harvest the ginger when the leaves begin turning brown and harvest some for yourself and for growing all over again.

As far as the picture above with the onion, here's what I mean by "growing anything under my kitchen sink."

Purchased  Walla Walla Sweet onions and they began to take off!  (Well, one of them did)  How funny is that?

Enjoy growing your own ginger!


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