Ginger is a popular ingredient in stir-fry cooking, Asian cuisines, and for many homemade 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 root very often, you may find that growing it yourself will save you money, ensure that your ginger has not been treated with any unwanted chemicals, and allow you to always have some on hand for cooking.
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 ginger root that you have! You can use ginger in baking, drinks like ginger lime cocktails, or even learn how to make your own crystallized ginger.
Growing ginger is no different than growing another herb. You need to buy the best root possible. Look for a plump, smooth-skinned ginger root, since that will indicate it is healthy. Do not use one that looks skinny and shriveled. This indicates that the root has been stored too long and has become old.
Start by soaking the whole ginger root in warm water overnight. After soaking, use a pot with plenty of drainages and fill it with potting soil. Feel free to add rich soil like composted worm manure mixed with potting soil to plant ginger. 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. Cover the ginger root with enough potting soil so that the root is not readily visible, but you 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 with water. Mist your 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 so that you avoid rotting.
A trick to keep the humidity higher and ensure proper 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 directly to the plant's area. Having the pot raised onto the stones keeps the potted ginger from sitting right in the water, which encourages rot.
Along with humidity, ginger likes a warm environment. Keep your indoor temperatures at least 75 degrees. Don't assume a sunny window will provide enough warmth. To make matters more interesting, ginger also likes partial sunlight. You may have to tweak your indoor garden area to suit the ginger root's particular needs.
Harvesting and Eating Ginger Root
Once your ginger root has successfully continued to grow, you can harvest what you would like to use. Dig up a rhizome and cut off a piece. As long as your replant another piece, you can continue to have fresh ginger for years to come. Don't stop there! Culinary ginger is not fancy, but other varieties of ginger make stunning blossoms that smell fabulous and have variegated foliage. You could also plant other herbs, including the 5 best herbs for a medicinal herb garden, which can be beautiful and useful.