Growing ginger yourself can make for a fun little project, and can easily spruce up your home and garden. If you’re interested in getting started for the first time, here are a few tips to follow.
1. Picking Your Hand
Ginger root comes in clumps called “hands.” When purchasing your hand, pick one that’s fresh and firm, with as many “fingers” as possible. If you want more than one plant, simply break off each finger and plant separately. Each finger will become its own plant.
For proper planting, you’ll actually want to set your ginger (root system and all) right on top of your soil. Place it in a pot, roughly 75% filled with regular potting soil, which is at least twice the diameter as the length of the roots.
Keep your ginger moist at all times. Find a warm place to keep it, but not in direct sunlight. The flavor of your ginger plant should begin to peak around 250 to 260 days after planting. However, as it needs regular warmth, you’ll need to start it indoors and transplant it outdoors in late spring.
Allow at least three or four months of growth before harvesting. New roots direct from the starter root, trimmed off in small sections, tend to offer the best flavor.
As you can see, growing your own ginger is an easy process. You don’t even have to worry much about pests and diseases. Now go out and plant some of your own.