Ginger is one of the perfect herbs to grow at home. It can grow with partial sunlight and requires less maintenance. The best part of ginger is that you can use any part of it, any time, while let the rest in soil to continue growing. Let’s keep reading and know more about how to grow organic ginger indoors.
A bit about ginger
Ginger needs nearly ten months to grow completely, but it never tolerates cold. If you are living in a cold place, then you should plant the ginger indoors and bring it outside during the sunny days only.
The good thing about ginger is that it doesn’t need full sun to maintain its growth. It grows well in partial to full shade, which allows you to grow it indoors without any worries.
While ginger begins growing, you can cut some of the ginger roots to use them in cooking, hebral remedies and brewing tea.
How to plant ginger
First of all, you need to get the ginger seeds from a seed catalog or nearest garden because it is the best ginger to plant. However, it is hard to get seed ginger from local suppliers because they usually don’t keep it. In case, you didn’t find the seed from gradens, you can opt to purchase it from local grocery store.
Most of the local stores provide ginger seeds, but their results are not very awesome because they are sprayed with growth inhibitor. It avoids the seed from sprouting before it get purchased by the customer. It can also affect the growth after you put it in the soil.
While purchasing the seeds, you need to check the label of certified organic to make sure that you crop will be organic. Organic seeds are little costly, but they provide best results.
Whichever way you choose to go, here are some helpful tips for growing ginger inside:
The root that you choose to plant should be plump with tight skin, not shriveled and old. It should have several eye buds on it (bumps that look like potato eyes) and if they’re already a little green, all the better.
If your root has several eye buds, it can be cut and each bud can be placed in a separate pot to produce several plants.
Be sure to pick the perfect pot!
Unlike most other houseplants, ginger loves shallow, wide pots. The roots grow horizontally so be sure the pot you choose will accommodate its growth.
How to grow ginger indoors, step by step:
1. To start with, soak the ginger root overnight in warm water to get it ready for planting.
2. Fill your pot with very rich but well draining potting soil.
3. Stick the ginger root with the eye bud pointing up in the soil and cover it with 1-2 inches of soil. Water it well.
4. Place the ginger in a spot that stays reasonably warm and doesn’t get too much bright sunlight.
5. Keep the soil moist, using a spray bottle to mist it, or water it lightly.
6. Ginger is a slow grower, after a few weeks you should see some shoots popping up out of the soil. Continue to water the plant regularly by misting it with a spray bottle and keep it warm
Small pieces of ginger can be harvested 3-4 months after growth begins. Pull aside some of the soil at the edges of the pot to find some rhizomes beneath the surface. Cut the needed amount off a finger at the edge of the pot and then return the soil.
Ginger can be harvested in this way endlessly, and as long as it is well cared for, it will continue to produce roots. If you need a larger harvest, you can uproot the entire plant and re-plant a few rhizomes to start the process over again.
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