Isn’t ginger one of the best ever root veggies?! It’s versatile, nutritious, extremely good for your health, and has a bounty of medicinal benefits! Who wouldn’t want to have a surplus of a super food like ginger! While the demand for ginger is growing rapidly, supplying it across the global is becoming difficult. This has led to an increase in its prices which has made ginger an expensive product to buy.
Did you know ginger grows great indoors as well? Another great characteristic about ginger is that it is a low maintenance potted herb. Here’s how you can grow all the ginger you want right at home!
Why should you grow ginger?
Apart from ginger being an expensive root, it has a lot of benefits that everyone should take advantage of. For instance, ginger is a natural cure for inflammation and reduces menstrual pain. Moreover, it has all the components needed to cure sicknesses such as nausea, cold, and sore throat. Ginger is packed with zinc, thiamine, calcium, riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, vitamins C and B6, niacin, phosphorus, and iron. Aren’t these natural benefits reasons enough to grow lots of ginger at home!?
How can I grow ginger at home?
Ginger is a root plant, which means it does not have any actual seeds and grows from another piece of ginger. The best way to start growing ginger at home is to buy a ginger plant from a seed catalogue or get it from a garden center. Growing store bought ginger for the plant is not wrong, but the outcome can be unsatisfactory since those gingers are full of chemicals.
- The first and most important thing to do when growing ginger at home is to choose the right root. Choose the plump, fresh piece of ginger from the plant you buy. It should have tight skin and sprouting green eyes that are similar to the ones you’ll find on potatoes. The ginger root you choose to grow your own should not be old and shrivelled.
- Ginger is a root vegetable, the kind of pot you choose is also an important aspect in successfully growing ginger at your own home. An ideal pot to plant the ginger is a wide, shallow pot that has a lot of surface area to let the roots grow out.
- Once you have the right piece of ginger to start with and the pot, fill the pot with a potting soil that is rich and can also let water drain through it easily. Put the ginger piece into the soil but let the budding eye stay above the soil. Lastly, cover it with mud and water it properly to start the growing process.
- Ginger roots don’t require a lot of care and attention. Just keep the pot in a warm, low-sunlight area and you’ll see shoots coming out of the plant! You can harvest your ginger in 3-4 months.
Growing ginger at home is less expensive than buying it at the grocer’s or at a farmer’s market. Start planting your own ginger today!