How to grow ginger at home

It is fragrant and spicy, makes a wonderful addition to baked goods, desserts and is traditionally good in Asian dishes. The root vegetable is valued in folk medicine, and winter tea with it is simply delightful – it is excellent for warming and eliminating the first symptoms of colds.

Despite its exotic origins, it is more than realistic to grow ginger at home, because the only thing it must be carefully protected from is the cold.

A native of the tropics, it prefers a warm and mild climate, while not particularly suffering from the lack of light. As a plant for room maintenance, ginger can be classified as unpretentious, and the bamboo-like leaves can become an exquisite decoration of the interior. And of course, you should not forget about the fresh harvest, which will always be on hand.

Is it worth it?

First of all, it is a completely uncomplicated and quite interesting experience. Secondly, when you grow your first crop of ginger at home, you will feel a significant difference from what you get from the store. Instead of the root that has been lying on the counter for a long time, stiff and too spicy, you will get a completely different product – softer in taste, flavorful, less fibrous, and most importantly – completely devoid of chemicals.

How to grow ginger from a tuber

When choosing in the store, it is enough to make sure that there is no mold or rot on the tuber and it is not wrinkled from long storage. Sometimes you can see buds that look like the horns or eyes of a potato. It is even better if the buds are still green.

Growing ginger from a tuber

Ginger on an industrial scale is often grown with chemicals – growth promoters, pesticides and fungicides. To get the harmful substances out of the root, put it in water for 2-3 hours, or better overnight. After that you can safely start growing.

Landing

Cut the root into several pieces so that each has a bud and plant it in the soil. The substrate should be nutritious, not too moist, but still able to retain some moisture. The container for planting is better to take a shallow and wide, taking into account also the number of plants that will be placed in it. Fill the container with soil and plant the ginger to a depth of 3-5 cm buds upwards.

Be patient

Keep the pot in a warm place and periodically moisten the soil. It may be frustrating at first, but after a couple of weeks the tubers will have a few growth points.

Do not try to speed up the development of ginger by excessive watering. Don’t be overzealous with the lighting either – direct sunlight can have a bad effect. Just keep watering and sprinkling the foliage in a timely manner.

After a few months, you will have a pretty attractive bush. At home, ginger does not reach more than 70 cm in height, but in the garden it can reach up to 1 meter. However, this size does not prevent it from remaining quite compact and keeping its attractive appearance.

How to care for homemade ginger

During active growth, ginger consumes a lot of moisture, so completely dry soil is unacceptable for it, the best option is to keep the substrate slightly moist at all times. The air should also not be too dry, otherwise you risk encountering spider mites. Therefore, it is recommended to keep the plant in the kitchen, where the humidity is higher, and to sprinkle it regularly.

Natural nutrients such as algae extract are very beneficial. Ginger can be fertilized 1-2 times a month.

When to harvest

The most interesting part of the project: you can cut off the tuber pieces when the ginger reaches 4 months of age. Basically, the longer you keep growing the ginger, the bigger the harvest you will get. Excavate the soil from the edge of the pot to the tuber and cut off the desired amount. As long as you continue to care for the plant, it will continue to grow new roots.

Ginger harvest at home

If you’re dreaming of a big crop, you can dig up the whole plant. Separate the tuber into parts and select from among them sprouts with good buds for the next planting.

Ginger leaves and shoots are also edible. They are not as widely consumed as the root, but at least for the milder flavor they are worth trying. In fact, it’s not much different from growing onions in your window – you can use the greens to add to salads and other dishes.