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How to Grow a Plant From Ginger Root

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

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

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

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

  6. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Melissa Sandoval began writing professionally in 1996, dabbling in fiction and writing for new media and magazines. She has published work in "mental_floss magazine" and on websites such as TLC Family and TLC Style. Sandoval has work published in English and Spanish, including online topics guides en Español. Sandoval has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Wittenberg University.

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