I always liked the idea of growing strange and exotic plants. There is something about seeing the plant where these wonderful flavors come from. Who among us has seen a live cinnamon tree, or gathered nutmeg from the source? Yet ginger is a wonderful flavor and can be grown in our homes. So why not give it a shot. Ginger is naturally and understory plant, so it is used to not having direct sunlight. This makes it an ideal houseplant.
You will need
-Whole Ginger Root (if you are worried about chemicals, try finding some at a health or natural foods store)
- A container for your plant (Ginger rambles so fairly shallow and wide is a good idea)
-Well draining potting soil or a mix of potting soil and sand
-East or South facing windows
That is really it. With these few things you can make your own homegrown ginger, and have a beautiful potted plant while you are at it.
Step 1: Rinse and Soak Your Ginger
(this is just a small piece of my overall root used for illustration)
Step 2: Prepare Your Container
I always prewet my soil by putting a cup or two of water in the bag, shaking it, and letting it sit for an hour. This keeps you from having a problem with the water beading up on top or running straight through without wetting anything. My potting soil has lots of perlite, so it is fairly light, but if you want you can mix sand in with yours to make it easier to use, and help the ginger grow better.
Step 3: Plant Your Ginger
Step 4: Wait and Enjoy
Mine is still in the sprouting stage, but if you would like to see someone's success and full grown plants, check out the blog that inspired this instructable.
Her Ginger looks great and as a true inspiration for growing my own, and teaching you how to grow yours.
I will be adding more photos and steps as my Ginger matures and is harvested.
Step 5: Results
You can see the pink in the growing stems, and one of them is so tall so fast that it is out of frame. I will have to move these to a bigger pot soon to give them room to grow.