Home Grown Ginger

I’ve heard that you can grow ginger in your house. Since I really like ginger and I know no one who grows it I think that perhaps the thing I’d like to try growing is some ginger. I found this really great information from a google search today:

I grow a ton of it in North Carolina zone 7b. I buy a root from the grocery store in February (make sure it is firm and not wrinkled or shriveled). I wrap it in a wet paper towel and place it inside a plastic sandwich bag. I put the bag in a warm dark place (on top of my fishtank works the best). Every week I open up the bag and unwrap the root to make sure it isn’t rotting. If I see mold growing on it I gently clean it off with soapy water and re wrap with a new wet paper towel. Sometimes I see growth in the first week, sometimes it takes a few weeks. Once I see sprouts forming I find a plastic plant pot that is bigger than the whole root but not to much bigger. I fill it with potting soil and dampen it. I lay the unwrapped sprouting root on top of the soil. You can slightly bury it with damp soil or just leave it on top if you want – either way works fine.

Brilliant right? Seems like perhaps ginger in our grocery stores is sprayed with something these days to prevent it from sprouting. I’ve never been successful but then again I’m not particularly good with houseplants on the long term. On the short term I’m great. Anyway she goes on…

I grow it as a houseplant for a month or so until the weather outside is reliably warm (you can just grow it all the time as a houseplant if you want). Ginger likes shade to part sun and rich dark soil that drains well (lots of compost or gravel – keep it fluffy). It likes warm weather but will survive the first frost as long as it isn’t too severe.

The hottest flavor is at about 265 days of growth so if you plant them inside in pots in March, by the end of October you will have the best roots. You can tell by looking at them if they are ready or not. I yank them out of the ground and lay them in the shade to dry for a few days before cutting them off the plants and cleaning them up.

I make crystallized ginger candy out of them by boiling the cut up roots in sugar water and give them away as Christmas presents. They are always a big hit.

That was on some random bulletin board from 6 years ago. I also discovered this site tropical permaculture which I will definitely giveĀ  a more thorough read at a later date.

I’ll be sure to post back my success/failure.