Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Growing Ginger in a Pot
While we're on the subject of rhizomes, I decided to try growing ginger this year, which is also considered the rhizome of the plant 'Zingiber officinale'. They say it can take up to a year for the plant to produce ginger of a size worth harvesting. And since we don't live in a subtropical climate, my ginger plant will be grown in a large pot and spend most of its time in the green room. While I was at the grocery store the other day, I tried to choose pieces that looked the most fresh and plump (avoiding the shriveled ones) and had bumpy bits or eyes that were of a lighter shade of yellow. Apparently, that's where the plant will send up it's shoots.
To be honest, I didn't do too much research on the subject of growing ginger. I just broke the large root into three smaller sections, let the severed ends dry up a bit and then planted them in a large pot filled with some good quality growing mix. I covered them with about an inch or two of the mix, watered them well and placed the pot in a warm location.
I have no idea how long it will take for them to sprout. At this point, I'm gonna just cross my fingers and hope for the best. If you have any advice on growing ginger successfully in a pot, please share!