Ginger root is a rhizome not only great for adding flavour in cooking, it is also an attractive garden plant and easy to grow. Grow it in the garden in warmer climates, or in a container in cooler areas. It is the rhizomes that you eat, and you can start growing your own with a piece of ginger that you buy from a market or supermarket.
All you need is a large styrofoam box from the green fruit shop. some potting mix and a warm position and you are on your way. Plant it in spring and grow it along with turmeric.
How to grow Ginger at Home
If you thought that Growing Ginger Plants (Zingiber officinale) was difficult, then think again, it’s easy. And if you have ever tasted fresh ginger you will know that it taste so much better than most of the ginger you buy.
Fresh ginger is plump, pink and white, juicy and never stringy or woody, and this is how you can grow it at home. You can grow ginger in a large pot container or you can grow it in the ground, and you can grow it from Melbourne right through to Sydney and Queensland.
Growing Ginger Plants the easy way.
Basic requirements are simple.
You do need good soil, dig in some well rotted compost and cow manure, a little blood and bone as well.
In its natural environment is a tropical plant, so the key factors for successfully growing ginger are. :
- Dappled Shade
- Temperatures that do not drop below 10°C.
All that you need is a piece of ginger root, which you can buy at most markets and grocery shops. Look for a piece that looks like it already had ‘eyes’ developing.
You should cut this up into smaller pieces, each with a growing eye.
The best time to plant ginger will depend on you climate in cooler areas plant in spring. In tropical climates, plant in autumn.
Ginger takes around 6 months to reach a size that is ready for harvest and during this period you do not want very cold temperatures. The best time to plant ginger root in cooler climates is at the end of winter as soon as the weather begins to warm up a little.
10 easy Steps on How to Grow Ginger
- Use a largish container unless you live in a tropical climate. Try a styrofoam box from the fruit shop. This way its easier to control the micro climate you are trying to create.
- For growing in containers use a 50% high quality potting mix and 50% well rotted compost. You can mix in a little perlite to improve the drainage.
- If you are growing ginger in the ground, have a good humus rich fertile soil ready for planting. Mix in some extra well rotted compost.
- Plant the piece of ginger root around 5 cm deep.
- Pieces should be planted at around 25 cm apart to allow for good growth.
- Water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Keep moist throughout the growing season.
- Mulch around the plant to help maintain moisture.
- Fertilise every second week with a seaweed / fish fertiliser combination. (We use Seamungus)
- Keep the area free of weeds.
Ginger can be harvested in autumn, you can ‘feel’ around in the soil to see how big the ginger has grown. If its not that big you can leave it in the ground in warmer areas. You may need to wait 2 years for the root to develop into a good size, in good conditions you can harvest at the beginning of winter.
Did you know
Ginger can be stored in sherry. The sherry itself will take on the ginger flavour and can be used in many asian dishes. Ginger can also be peeled and frozen.
- The culinary or ‘edible ginger’ is one of the easier ginger plants at home. It is grown for the rhizome and as this ages the ginger becomes stronger in flavour.
- The plant you are looking for has the botanical name of Zingiber officinale and is commonly classed as a herb. Grown for the root or rhizome, it is easy to grow in the home garden and will reward you with the freshest tastiest ginger you have ever had.
- Used widely throughout Asia as well as in many Wester cuisines, ginger is a plant root. The flavour is warm and pungent with a little bit of a warm fiery taste.
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a rhizome originally form China. Although it can be grown in the home garden it does require a degree of warmth and moisture (equals humidity) to produce good sized rhizomes ready for use in cooking.
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