Did you know that ginger can be grown at home? I think many tea connoisseurs have had to drink it with ginger. The spicy flavor with a strong spicy note is loved by many. Not only does it give food and drinks a special flavor, but it also helps get rid of colds. Today you can buy ginger in any supermarket and on the market. But the quality of ginger leaves much to be desired. The companies that grow ginger for sale, actively use fertilizers and additives for growth, so that we can’t speak about the naturalness of the product.
How to grow ginger at home in a pot?
growing ginger at home
Not many people know that ginger can be grown on its own. It does not need experience, a substantial area and any special conditions. A pot with moist soil and heat will be enough.
A regular store-bought ginger root will do just fine for growing. Choose a root size of 15-20 centimeters. There should be at least four buds on the plant. Generally speaking, the more growing points you have, the more roots you will end up with.
There are many ways to grow ginger at home. But the easiest and most accessible to anyone: in the ground and wet moss. You can also grow ginger in the open ground or in a greenhouse, but since this plant is a tropical, heat-loving plant, you either need to transplant it into pots and bring it inside in winter, or it will freeze, and the next year you will have to plant new roots.
Have you decided you want to use store-bought ginger to grow at home? Then it’s a good idea to soak it in warm water for a day before planting it in a pot. This will wake up the buds and allow the growth process to begin.
Growing ginger in sphagnum
Growing ginger in sphagnum mossNow you have to prepare a container for planting. It should not be deep, but wide. At the bottom we put pieces of Styrofoam or expanded clay, which will help maintain humidity at the proper level. On top we lay sphagnum. And on it – ginger. The root should be laid horizontally, so that it does not touch the edges. On top again a small layer of sphagnum will be needed. Remember that it should always remain slightly moist, but not over-moistened. Use a sprayer with warm water to moisten. All that remains is to ensure a constant temperature. If you grow ginger at home, it is enough to put a pot with it one meter from the radiators.
Growing ginger in soil
The second way of growing is in the ground. For this, you should use light soil. At the bottom of a wide shallow pot, lay drainage – expanded clay or foam plastic. On top of the soil, lay the ginger root buds up and lightly cover with a thin layer of soil or lay sphagnum.
For growing it is recommended to use soil for planting vegetables.
Difficulties of care and peculiarities
Planting ginger is worthwhile in the spring – then it begins to grow particularly actively. The room should be bright and warm. Carefully monitor the temperature and the condition of the soil. It is desirable to be warm and humid all the time. Excessive dryness or overflow will kill the plant.
It is quite easy to grow ginger at home. However, remember that the plant can reach a height of one meter, so that the windowsill is not always well suited for this purpose. In addition, ginger really does not like bright sunshine.
How quickly will the rhizomes appear?
It takes 6-12 months from the time of planting to the emergence of rhizomes. Why does it vary so much? Much depends on conditions, temperature and nutrition, proper care, and many other factors.
How to grow ginger in the garden?
Growing ginger in the countrySimply note that you have set yourself quite a challenge. In our latitudes, growing ginger rhizomes in the countryside is not as easy as in a pot. However, you can bypass the natural features of the plant and plant it in the open ground.
Planting the ginger root should be planned much earlier than it is in the open ground. As a rule, experienced gardeners do it in mid-autumn. Pre-soaked in water, the rhizomes are placed in a wide and shallow dish and covered with earth. Sphagnum in this case it is better not to use, because in the spring you will have to transplant the plant into the ground, and its previous environment can be harmful.
How quickly the shoots will sprout from the rhizome depends on the conditions you create for the plant. When the shoots emerge from the ground, water a little more, but remember not to overwater.
Ginger is very responsive to spraying – then it grows more vigorously.
Over the fall and winter, the plant will grow. To get more rhizomes, and the result of cultivation will please you, ginger can be planted in a normal bucket (five-liter is enough) and put in the greenhouse in the middle of April, when the air inside the room begins to warm up enough, and the possibility of frosts will be low.
Is it worth growing ginger in the vegetable garden? Yes, you can do it, if the plant has been previously planted in a pot. Otherwise, you run the risk of not waiting for the harvest or having to transplant ginger from the open ground or greenhouse into a pot and take it home. The plant cannot tolerate frost and will die, so you cannot grow it as a perennial.
It will take an average of about 8 months to grow your own rhizomes from a store-bought root that you can eat. True, the more time you give the plant, the bigger the harvest will be. Based on this, calculate the planting date.
Many gardeners allocate a corner in the greenhouse and, as soon as the snow descends, plant there ginger root. The greenhouse is always warm and humid, which means that the plant will only need fertilizer.
As fertilizer, you can use an infusion of cowpea, and once every ten days to feed the ginger bushes with a mineral nitrogen fertilizer. Potassium fertilizer can also be added. When the leaves turn yellow and fall off, the rhizomes can be dug up and eaten.
When growing ginger as a potted crop, you can even get it to bloom. Admittedly, in this case you should not touch the rhizomes for 2-3 years and the plant will thank you with a bright decorative flower of unusual shape.
Many ginger connoisseurs use the leaves to make salads and teas. But if you start snipping them, the rhizomes will be small and you will have to wait even longer for blossoms.