Ginger is the perfect herb to grow indoors. It’s very low-maintenance, loves partial sunlight, and you can use parts of it at a time, leaving the rest in the soil to continue growing. Besides, it’s delicious! Really, what’s not to love about growing ginger inside?
A bit about ginger
It takes about 10 months for ginger to become ripe enough for usage. If you live in a place where it gets chilly in the winter, you’d be better off growing ginger in a pot indoors and bringing it outside in the summertime.
Ginger is one of those miraculous plants that grow well in partial to full shade. That makes it ideal for growing in your home, where most people don’t have full sun pouring on their windows all day long.
It is good because little bits of the ginger root can be removed while it continues to grow which can be used for herbal remedies, brewing tea or for cooking.
You can purchase ginger from seed catalogs or garden centers. You can also buy ginger from a grocery shop, but the results will be less obvious because of the inhibitor used on ginger in order to prevent it from sprouting. This inhibitor lasts even after you plant the ginger. However if you decide to get it from there, try to soak it in water overnight in order to get rid of any pesticides it may have.
Here, we’re offering you some helpful tips for growing ginger indoors:
The root that you choose to plant should be plump with tight skin, not shriveled and old. It should have several eye buds on it (bumps that look like potato eyes) and if they’re already a little green, all the better.
If your root has several eye buds, it can be cut and each bud can be placed in a separate pot to produce several plants.
Be sure to pick the perfect pot!
Unlike most other houseplants, ginger loves shallow, wide pots. The roots grow horizontally so be sure the pot you choose will accommodate its growth.
How to grow ginger indoors, step by step:
Step 1. Soak your ginger roots overnight in warm water to get it ready for planting.
Step 2. Fill a pot with rich, well draining soil.
Step 3. Stick the ginger root into the soil with the eye bud sticking up out of the soil. Cover it with 1-2 inches of soil and water well.
Step 4. Place the pot in an area of the house that gets bright light but not direct sunlight and stays warm.
Step 5. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. You can achieve this with a daily misting from a spray bottle.
Step 6. After a few weeks, you’ll notice some shoots popping out of the soil. Continue the watering regimen and keep it warm.
3-4 months after planting, you can harvest the first pieces. You can find some rhizomes if you pull some of the soil at the edges aside in the pot. Cut the wanted amount off a sprout at the edges and then return the soil.
If you take a good care of the plant it will never stop producing roots. In this way you can harvest it regularly. If you want a bigger harvest you can uproot the entire plant and plant some of the rhizomes to start over.