Ginger root has been used throughout time as a spice, medicine, flavouring and food. Around the world, ginger is revered by various cultures for different purposes. As a spice, the root is ground and added to foods while cooking. Ginger root can be harvested fresh, sliced and put into medicinal teas. Some people make the slices into a ginger salad. Well known as a palate cleanser, pickled ginger always accompanies sushi platters. Americans love root beer, a drink developed in the late 19th century, that uses ginger root as its base. With all these uses, you can see why it's great to have this plant around. Growing ginger root is terribly easy. Most people never see what the plant looks like, because what you buy in the store is the rhizome, or root.
Choose a piece of ginger root. Get a healthy piece of ginger root at the grocery store. Make sure that this piece of ginger root has an eye, or a sprouting place, on it. You will be able to spot this because it is knobby and protrudes outward.
Prepare the planter. Use a medium-sized planter and fill it with potting soil. A medium-sized planter is advised because it offers plenty of room for your ginger plant to grow.
Cut the ginger root. Take the ginger root and cut it in half, preserving the area where the eye is. If there is more than one eye, all the better. Be sure to leave the eye on the piece, as it is what will sprout.
Plant the ginger root. Place the ginger root about 1 inch deep in the potting soil. Cover and pat the surface of the soil down. Wet the soil thoroughly.
Put the planter in full sunlight. Place the planter in an area where it will get plenty of sunshine and warmth, such as a windowsill. In one month, the new plant will sprout. Keep the plant watered, but not boggy.
Transplant the growing ginger. If you like, you can move the ginger plant outdoors. The plants thrive in warm climates and will live from year to year. The plants give off a lovely smell which is very sweet . The roots can be harvested in the Fall.