How to Grow a Plant From Ginger Root

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Ginger is a well-loved spice that is delicious in many recipes. Few spices can boast the same versatility as ginger; this tropical plant gives flavour to dishes from stir fries to cakes, and even pickled fish. Ginger is a hardy plant that will thrive in your garden if you live where there is no frost, or indoors if you live in a chillier climate. Ginger plants need very little care and will supply you with home-grown spice for your cooking. Planting a ginger rhizome, or "root," is an easy way to grow a ginger plant at home.

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Things you need

  • Potting soil
  • Pot (medium-sized)
  • Ginger root
  • General houseplant food
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Select a healthy ginger root at the grocery store. It should be firm and not wrinkled, and should have two or more buds, or "eyes."

  2. 2

    Fill the pot with potting soil, and plant the ginger root 2 to 4 inches under loose soil, with the buds facing up.

  3. 3

    Keep the ginger in a warm area with indirect sunlight, and keep the soil moist.

  4. 4

    Apply plant food every two to three weeks during the spring and summer.

  5. 5

    Apply plant food every two to three weeks during the spring and summer.

Tips and warnings

  • Plant your ginger root in late winter or early spring.
  • If you want to keep your ginger as a potted plant, use a pot that has a diameter at least four times the length of the root you start with.
  • You can harvest ginger in the fall by gently pulling out pieces of the root.
  • Ginger plants can grow to a height of two to four feet.
  • Ginger plants can't tolerate cold weather. If you live in an area that gets frost, it's best to grow ginger as an indoor plant.

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