After trying to grow several herbs indoors, I decided to try if I can grow ginger indoors. My wife loves using gingers in most of her special and tasty Filipino and Asian recipes. I thought this could save us some money and at the same time make sure that our ginger doesn’t have any harmful chemicals on it. I love having everything FRESH and NATURAL!
Materials to Grow Ginger Indoors
- Ginger Root ( technically Rhizome )
- Pot or plastic container
- High Quality Well-Draining Soil
- Plastic food wrap (optional)
1. Prepare your Ginger Root ( Rhizome )
To get started, I used ginger bought from the supermarket. Make sure you select fresh, plump rhizomes with visible eyes or growth buds. You can cut the ginger into pieces making sure there is at least one eye (growth bud) on each piece. Please note that ginger bought from supermarket may have been treated with growth inhibitors. Most gardeners believe that soaking the rhizome over night with warm water will help remove the growth inhibitor. I skipped the soaking part 🙂
2. Container and Soil Preparation
- I decided to use a bigger container for this one. Went to a dollar store and found this rectangular planter 17.5″ x 7.5″ x 6″ (LxWxD). Make sure you have good drainage. I drilled additional holes under the container to make sure the water is draining properly.
- Having a high quality and good draining soil is very important. There are several mixtures recommended by veteran gardeners but since all I have outside is snow, I just bought a bag of soil mix. I watered the soil a little bit to make it moist.
3. Plant the Ginger Roots ( Rhizome )
Put your ginger on the soil and cover them with a little bit of soil. Make sure you don’t bury them too deep.
NOTE: I put too much soil on the middle part and noticed nothing was growing after a few weeks. I dug it up and saw that the middle rhizome rotted out. All that was left was a hollow ginger skin. Based on this, I would say it’s better to have some parts of the ginger sticking out and not fully covered with soil.
4. Water and Wait.. Grow Ginger Grow!
Water them lightly. Ginger loves moisture. Make sure the soil doesn’t dry out but don’t over water them too!
5. Ginger Loves …
- Partial sunlight / morning sun
- Moist soil
- Sheltered location (against wind)
- Warm temperature (NO FROSTS PLEASE!!)
TRICK: One trick I learned to trap moisture and humidity is to cover your pot with plastic wrap.
WEEK 2: Here comes one little sprout 🙂 Grow ginger!
WEEK 3: Lovely strong stem and leaves!
WEEK 6: 8 inches tall and a new sprout is coming out. Grow ginger grow 🙂
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