Ginger is an exotic vegetable that we all know mainly in the kitchen, but also for its benefits in alternative medicine and its somewhat mythical aphrodisiac effects. If we have been able to tame the use of the root in our daily life, do you know that it is an Asian plant that can measure 1 m high? Yes, however, we are not used to seeing it in our vegetable patch or garden. In reality, growing ginger is easy as pie. In the next lines, we will see together how to grow ginger at home, we tell you all the tips and good practices so that you benefit from an organic and above all homemade root.
Ginger is a traditional spice in Indian cuisine
How to grow ginger at home?
Our famous ginger originates from Asia. It is used in cooking as a condiment, in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and an aphrodisiac reputation has preceded it since the Middle Ages. We will first look at its botanical description as a plant to cultivate. Then, we will share with you the steps of its pot planting to be easily carried out at home.
Growing ginger at home is fun and easy
Characteristics of ginger
Ginger is a perennial plant with deciduous foliage with white and yellow flowers. Its leaves are quite long and slightly fragrant. He loves the sun and prefers a rather humid atmosphere. Its growth is rapid and multiplication is achieved by dividing the rhizomes. The latter are rich in starch, the roots contain proteins, fats and essential oil.
Ginger can cure digestive disorders
For the cultivation of ginger, what interests us is its rhizome. For planting in the ground or on the balcony or terrace, you have to wait until spring, but for indoors, you can do it all year round. The ginger roots found in the supermarket or at our Chinese grocer are alive and will be used for planting, so there is no need to look for raw material in exotic markets. Here are the steps:
- Choose a fresh and very firm rhizome, not too dry.
- Make sure your root has “eyes” which are small dots that are visible on the ends of your root. This is where the stems will grow from.
- Place the root in a bowl of lukewarm water for 24 hours, so it will regain its natural atmosphere and we will resuscitate it somehow.
- Use a drilled container and prepare the soil knowing that ginger likes rich, well-drained soil.
- Mix potting soil and compost and place the root. You can put some clay balls.
- Plant the piece about 10cm deep with the eyes facing up.
- Water and place the pot in a place that is not too sunny if you do not have the possibility of watering it every day.
Growing ginger in water is an interesting technology
Once the ginger has been planted, you have to be patient, because the first sign of greenery will appear after a minimum of 1 month and to harvest the root, you have to wait 9 months. Take care as for all your other plants, it will be enough to water it as soon as the soil is dry. Be patient and allow the plant to mature before harvesting. You can fertilize it from time to time with a natural fertilizer.
Ginger is a tropical plant that likes a hot and humid climate
Once the stems are dead, you can dig up the ginger and it will become ready for whatever use you have in store for it.
Ginger, a root with multiple uses
Always, use a sterilized knife to cut the ginger seedlings. And do not overdo it with watering, because you risk bringing diseases to it.
How to grow ginger in water?
This is another technique, a bit slower, but quite impressive, for this you will need:
- A rhizome of ginger
- Glass jar or a plastic bottle cut in half.
Stick the toothpicks into the root and place it in the container filled with water. Make sure there is always water and after 30 days you will see the first growth. You can then follow the same planting tips we shared with you before. For planting in the ground, there is a different variety of ginger.
If you have a Chinese vegetable garden, don’t forget to include our dear ginger
Here, the culture of ginger has no more secrets for you. If you are a fan of this root, the star of Asian gastronomy and medicine, you can try this experience at home with the means at hand.
For a good culture of ginger, it is necessary to choose the container well
Planting ginger in pots can be done all year round
At home, ginger grows on an annual cycle