Ginger is extremely easy to grow indoors. It requires little sunlight and you can use some of its parts while it still grows in the soil. It has specific taste and therefore it is often used in cooking or in making tea or many other herbal blends.
Ginger needs 10 months to mature and it is recommended that you keep it indoors during winter or in the cold months because it cannot survive in cold climate.
How to plant ginger?
It is commonly found in seed catalogues or garden centers. You should avoid buying it from the grocery because it is treated with sprout inhibitors which you won`t get the desired results. However, if you still decide to buy ginger at the grocery, it is recommended that you leave it in the water overnight to get rid of the possible pesticides.
Guide for growing ginger indoors
To start with, get several 1-2” pieces of ginger root that contains, at least, one ‘eye’ or growing bud. The new root will grow from this.
Next, fill a large tub with rich, well-draining potting mix then lay the ginger pieces 6” apart on top of the tub. Cover them with an inch of sand pressing down firmly. You should keep the tub in a well-lit area or under grow lights. The rhizomes should be watered regularly once the soil dries and fertilized once in two weeks. A general purpose fertilizer will do.
If you grow ginger indoors, you can treat it as a perennial. Each time you need some ginger, simply dig into the soil and break off only as much of the rhizome as you need.
Ginger can also be grown outdoors, but for this you need a very sunny location. Regular water supply and proper drainage are also very important. If planted in early spring, it sends up aerial stems throughout the summer. However, the leaves will probably start to yellow in fall. Ginger grown outdoors is best defined as an annual because winter frost will rot the rhizomes. What you do is dig up the entire plant, shake off the soil, and harvest the rhizome by removing the aerial stems.
The first pieces can be collected within 3-4 months. You can cut off the unwanted sprouts at the edges of the pot. Also, you can plants several rhizomes for a bigger harvest.