Start with A Root
|A ginger rhizome|
1. Purchase a firm, fresh 4" ginger root at the grocery store. Make sure that it has a few eye buds.
2. Soak it for about 12 hours in water at room temp or in warmish water. I put mine in a shallow dish of water on the window sill.
3. Fill an 8" - 10" diameter garden pot with loose, compost-rich planting soil. Make sure that the pot has good drainage in the bottom. Poor drainage will cause root rot.
4. Break up the root into 2 even pieces. Make sure that each piece has an eye bud.
For a larger piece of ginger, use a larger size pot (12" - 14") & break it into 3 even pieces.
5. Space the pieces evenly with the eye buds facing up & cover with 1" of soil.
6. Place the pot on a drainage dish in a lightly shaded area with a temperature of 75-85°F away from drafts.
7. Water lightly until shoots begin to appear, then water regularly to keep the soil moist, but not soaked.
8. The plant will grow to maturity at 2 to 4 feet high in 10-12 months.
9. Let it dry out and stay dormant during the cool winter months. When the weather warms up in the Spring, start light watering to begin a new growth cycle. The dry season & the shorter daylight cycles produce new rhizomes in the Spring.
10. Give the plant 3 to 4 months during the growing season before harvesting any of the rhizomes. Then, dig up the sprouts that appear in front of the main plant & either replant the rhizomes or use them for cooking.
Collect the main harvest after the plant's foliage dies. A ginger plant may take up to 8 months to reach harvest time. Leave the main plant in the pot for the next growing season.
• This plant is native to hot Asian countries & does not like temps below 50°F. Bring it inside during the cold weather. Ideal temps are 75 - 85°F.
• Do not plant in direct sunlight. Ginger likes shaded indirect sunlight.
• Ginger does not like wind. Plant in a sheltered area out of the wind.
• Fancier varieties can be ordered through tropical nurseries on Amazon.
SOURCES & CITATIONS:
How to Grow Edible Ginger Root — SFGate by Alice Moon
How to Grow A Ginger Plant (2 Methods) — by wikiHow