This week we opened our blog topic up to our Round Rock Gardeners, and the winner of this week’s blog topic is “growing ginger.”
Ginger is most commonly known for aromatherapy and its spicy flavor. It also has anti-inflammatory compounds that are great for people experiencing arthritis. Whatever your reason for growing ginger may be, we want to help you grow it.
If you buy your ginger from a grocery store, soak it for 12 hours to get rid of any growth retardant it may have. Cut it into 1-1.5 inch pieces. (These are called rhizomes.) Your rhizome will grow faster if you cut off a piece that has a small finger or peak starting to grow from the end. Set them aside for a few days and let them callus after you make your cut.
Next, you want to make sure you pick the appropriate spot to plant your ginger. It likes warm-humid climates and will need part sun to grow, (2-5 hours of sunlight a day.) Its best to plant your ginger rhizomes in the early spring, but if you would like to start now, you can always grow it in a pot or container inside.
When you’re choosing a soil to plant your ginger in, make sure you pick one that allows the water to drain. You want to avoid having a soil that absorbs water. Don’t oversaturate the rhizomes, or they won’t grow.
Take part of your callused rhizome and plant it halfway underground. After you see healthy buds on the planted half of the rhizome, flip it over so the buds are facing upward, and plant your ginger 2-4 inches deep.
Your ginger plant will grow up to 3 feet tall with the correct watering. Make sure you don’t let your ginger pant dry out. It needs to stay hydrated while it’s producing more rhizomes, (but remember not to waterlog.) When the weather gets cooler, you don’t have to water your ginger as often, but always remember to spray your plant’s foliage with a spray bottle.
The best time to harvest your ginger plant is when it’s 8-10 months old. Then you can pick rhizomes from that root and continue the growth process.
Enjoy your ginger and discover all the different ways you can use it. Share your progress on our Facebook page with #growingginger. We can’t wait to see what you do!