If you are going to grow houseplants, why not choose plants that are both beautiful and useful? Ginger is one of these plants.  Looking a bit like bamboo, and with striking flowers (if you can get it to bloom) Ginger makes a beautiful addition to your house, and you can always have fresh ginger root on hand. 

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

Most Ginger in the store will have some kind of growth inhibitor on it.  Not all of these are unnatural, but they do allow ginger to be shipped and sored without growing.  So the first thing that you need to do with to get rid of this growth inhibitor.  You do this by soaking your ginger root in lukewarm water.  I soaked mine for about 2 hours.  Some of the skin came off, but overall the ginger looked the same as it did before.   

(this is just a small piece of my overall root used for illustration)
I may have planted mine too deep. After weeks of waiting for it to sprout I just dug it up to find the root had disintegrated, leaving only skin. Time to buy some more organic ginger and try again!
<p>My ginger plant is looking great, can the root be used without the plant flowering?</p>
<p>I've been thinking about growing ginger for a while but never got around to it. I bought a couple of fingers of ginger a while back for cooking &amp; forgot about it - now it has 2 sprouts on it so I guess that's my cue to try growing it. Thanks for the 'ible!</p>
<p>We are starting ours today. Excited for our preteen to grow something that can then be eaten. </p>
<p>Turmeric will grow much the same as ginger.</p>
<p>It's best to pick a root with a bud like shape already formed, speeds it up a little. Mine sprouted in about a month, mayble less. </p>
<p>Your technique worked! </p>
<p>Glad to see that it worked for you too. Mine eventually ended up nearly 3 feet high, and needed support to stay upright. Perhaps I had too much nitrogen in the potting mix. Either way, it makes a pretty and useful houseplant.</p>
When you start to see the shoots (green parts) you should add more soil. This should be done until there is at least 3&quot; if not 5&quot; of soil above the top of the rhizome. It encourages roots early and larger growth later (or so I am told).

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