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Grow Your Own Ginger
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2011, 02:08:26 AM »
Zingiber officinale 'Edible Ginger'- The common edible ginger is grown for its spicy rhizomes used in cooking and medicines. Has thin stems and leaves. Blooms (small green inflorescence with white and maroon flowers) are rare. After blooming, green cone does not turn completely red. Grows 3 to 5 feet tall in medium to full sun. Edible rhizome is main attraction. This extremely versatile root is known for its popularity in Oriental and Indian cooking. The Chinese, Japanese, and East Indians use ginger root in many forms, including grated and ground. Grown in Jamaica, Brazil, India, Africa, China, and Thailand. Ginger root is a gnarled and knobby root that has a tan skin and a pale yellow-green to ivory flesh. Fresh ginger root imparts a pungent, hot and spicy taste to many dishes. Ginger root is also used in baking, confectionery and certain liquors.

Growing your own ginger is easy to do, as the plant requires very little care and can be grown in almost any location. Because the ginger plant prefers warm tropical weather, when growing ginger in most of the states in the U.S., you will need to plant it in a pot and bring it indoors during cold weather. Your ginger plant will be ready to harvest in just about ten months after planting, and ready to use in your own kitchen. Keep reading here to find out just how to grow ginger in your own home.

Step 1: Propagating Ginger
Ginger can be propagated by planting pieces of the rhizome (underground stem or root)].2 Common ginger is often sold in stores as a large piece called a "hand." Each branch off the main root is then referred to as a "finger." Choose a piece that has as many fingers as possible. Each finger can be broken off and planted separately.3
1. Select pieces of ginger that are smooth, shiny, plump, fresh and firm, not dried out.4
2. Each piece (or finger) should have two or more growth nodes.5 These are similar to eyes on a potato and look like little horns.
3. Soak the rhizome in water overnight.6
4. Allow any cut surfaces to dry before planting them in moist soil.7
5. You can help propagate ginger by suspending (with toothpicks) a two-inch piece of the rhizome over a glass of water. Fill the glass so that 1/3 of the ginger is submerged. Once the roots grow an inch long, you can plant it in soil.8
Planting Ginger Indoors
Select a pot that is at least two times in diameter as the length of the root. Most growers suggest using a pot that is about 15 inches in diameter. Your pot should have adequate drainage to ensure the roots don't become water logged.

1. Plant ginger in the late winter or early spring.
2. Fill the pot 3/4 full with soil.
3. Use a soil that is rich and well-draining. For this purpose you can use standard potting soil, or for even richer results, try using a potting mix full of organic materials such as peat, perlite, and course sand.
4. Sandy loam and clay soils should be improved with leaf mold or well-composted manure.
5. Make sure the rhizome is set so the buds are pointing up.10
6. Cover rhizomes with an inch of soil or leave the rhizome uncovered.11
7. Water the pot well.