How to Grow a Ginger Plant

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How to Grow a Ginger Plant
Grow a Ginger Plant

Ginger is a great herb for adding spice to Asian and Mid-Eastern food dishes. You can grow ginger plants in your home from a simple ginger root purchased at the store and use them for cooking. You can also sprout the plant and transfer it to your garden. The following steps will show you how to grow a ginger plant inside or outside the home.

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Things you need

  • Ginger root
  • Toothpicks
  • Drinking glass
  • Flower pot
  • Potting soil

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    Indoor Potted Plant

  1. 1

    Find and purchase a firm, fresh, healthy ginger root from a health food store or a regular grocery store.

  2. 2

    Cut a two inch piece of the ginger root. Stick wooden toothpicks in the root on both sides of it so that the toothpicks suspend the ginger root horizontally on the rim of a drinking glass.

  3. 3

    Fill the drinking glass with water until the root is submerged in the water about a third of the way up.

  4. 4

    Remove the ginger root from the glass when roots have sprouted and grown about an inch in length.

  5. 5

    Fill a pot that has the surface of at least four times the size of the root with a good quality, moist potting soil about three quarters of the way full. The pot must have drainage holes in the bottom.

  6. 6

    Place the root flat in the soil and cover it with about an inch of potting soil. Water the plant regularly without saturating the soil.

  7. 7

    Place your plant in a sunny place. When the root begins to sprout, move it to an area that gets a lot of indirect sunlight.

    For Transport to a Garden

  1. 1

    Follow Steps 1 to 4 in Section 1.

  2. 2

    Plant the ginger root in a pot with rich, moist potting soil. Cover the pot with a plastic bag and put the pot onto a sunny windowsill.

  3. 3

    Remove the plastic bag as soon as you see the shoots appear from the root.

  4. 4

    Plant the sprouted ginger root into the garden after the chance of frost has passed for the season.

  5. 5

    Water the plant regularly without saturating the soil.

Tips and warnings

  • Ginger plants grow about two to four feet in height.
  • The best time to grow a ginger plant is in the spring.
  • You can also place your potted Ginger plant outdoors in the spring and summer months.
  • Ginger plants don't do well in direct sunlight. Make sure your ginger plant isn't growing in an area that gets a lot of direct light.
  • Make sure the chance of frost has passed before putting your plant outside. Frost will kill the plant.

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