Ginger is a great nutritious root to have, whether you like to have it for adding flavor to your tea or soup stock or slice it onto your sushi. Those who desire to have fresh ginger on their hands will be glad to know that growing ginger indoors is a surprisingly easy process and it does necessarily require a large gardening area. Apart from the flavor, it adds to your food, ginger is a strong and potent herb that is helpful in reducing body aches, soothing upset stomach and boosting metabolism. Most of the ginger available in supermarkets are cured and harvested from steamy parts across the world. It is about time that you can stop buying it from your local supermarket and starting growing your very own fresh supply of ginger. It is perfect for indoor planting because it is a low maintenance plant that only needs partial sunlight.
Here is how you can easily grow ginger even if you are living in an apartment:
You need to start with a living root of ginger with the size of about your thumb and should have several eye buds, the bumpy nodes at its tips. It’s best if you get it from a seed catalog, garden center or a nursery. Market ginger is mostly irradiated and treated to prevent it from sprouting. You should opt for a plump chunk, which is firm, has thinner skin and light colored. It’s best if they are already green. You can cut the roots the divide them at the eye buds and them plant them. This will allow each eye bus to grow as an individual plant.
To prepare your ginger root for planting, soak it in warm water for a night especially if you are using a ginger root bought from your local supermarket. It substantially helps in removing the residues of growth inhibitors, fungicides, and pesticides.
Because the ginger roots grow horizontally, you need to choose a shallow wide container. Put a layer of well-draining fertile soil and the place your prepared ginger root with its eye bud facing upwards.
Cover it with another 1 – 2-inch thick layer of soil and water it lightly.
You need to place the container is a warm place that does not get a lot of sunlight exposure.
You need to prevent the soil from drying up but make sure that you do not over water it.
Ginger is a slow grower so it may take 2 – 3 weeks until you witness the emergence of your first sprout.
You can harvest small pieces of ginger after a few months.
Move aside the soil at the edges of the pot to look for some ginger rhizomes under the surface. This way allows you to harvest an endless supply of ginger. You can cut the required amount off the stem at the edge of the container and cover it with the soil again to allow it to continue producing the roots.