How to Grow Ginger Indoors: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Growing fresh ginger indoors is super easy!  Many people are so shocked when I tell them that I grow my own ginger at home.  Keep reading and I will show you step by step how to grow ginger indoors.

You will be shocked and amazed at how much ginger you can harvest at home, and all in less than a year’s time from planting to harvest! 

Not only that, I will also show you how you can preserve your fresh ginger so you can use it for months on end and not have to run out to the grocery store every time you need it!

Step 1:  Obtain Your Ginger to Plant

I started with grocery store ginger, but I purchased organic ginger.  Make sure it’s firm, plump, and looks fresh.  Conventional ginger could be sprayed with nasty chemicals and growth inhibitors in order to keep it from sprouting and thus increase its shelf life.

I purchased some organic ginger in order to make it more viable to plant since it shouldn’t have any nasty growth inhibitor chemicals.  I wanted some indication that it was going to grow before actually planting it.

So I placed it in a small bowl , submerged the root in water, and set it on the kitchen counter. 

If you’re not starting with organic ginger, this process will also help to remove any growth inhibitor and increase the chance of growing, but I would obtain a piece of organic ginger rhizome if at all possible to increase your chances!

Every day, I changed the water and let it go about 3-4 days.  You can see from the picture below that it is starting to sprout.  Time to plant!

Step 2:  Planting Your Ginger

Ginger is slow to emerge, so don’t freak out if you don’t notice any new growth for several weeks.  I planted it in a shallow pot that is wider than it is tall.  

The rhizomes will grow horizontally so it needs room to grow. I used a shallow 8 inch pot to start out.  You can use a smaller pot if you’d like.  You will be transplanting it anyway.  But more on that a little bit later.

Depending on how big your ginger root is, just allow some room for it to grow horizontally.  Fill a shallow pot about half full with a good potting soil, and place the ginger on top with the little sprouting buds facing up.  

Cover it with 1-2 inches of soil or so, water it lightly, and place it in a fairly warm area with not too much sun.  Keep the soil moist but not wet. Hopefully in a few weeks, the shoots will start to grow!

Let’s take a look at the progress of my ginger plant, less than 2 months after planting.  It has started to grow one healthy stalk.

Growing ginger at home

After the plant has been growing a good 2-3 months or so, you can transplant it in to a larger pot.  The first time I grew ginger, I did not do this and the plant was not able to grow to reach its full potential!  I still had a ginger harvest, which I was excited about though.

However the next year, when the weather was warm enough outside, I transplanted it into a nice 12 inch pot and I was shocked and amazed at how well the plant grew! 

how to grow ginger

I harvested so much more ginger this way.  Don’t worry if the plant looks like it is still too small for that size pot.  Just do it and you will be amazed. It will quickly shoot out tons of new growth and grow to be a gorgeous plant.

Through out the summer, I made sure that my ginger was well fertilized.  As with anything edible, I always use organic fertilizers. 

I use two fertilizers for all my edibles.  One is fish emulsion.  I like this particular brand because most of the odor is gone.  Some fish emulsion fertilizers can be very stinky!  Not this one.

And the other is a seaweed fertilizer.  I like to spray seaweed extract sometimes on many of my plants as a supplement.

Or to make things simple, Neptune makes a fish and seaweed fertilizer all in one which I’ve used with fantastic results.  It makes it easy because you only have to mix one concoction!

The growth really went gangbusters once I placed the ginger plant outside, used a nice sized pot, and fertilized it all summer long.

Please remember though that these plants like full sun, however if you are transitioning from indoors to outdoors, you need to harden them off by letting them be in the shade outside for several days.  For more on this topic, read my blog post on how to harden off plants.

In the next section, I’ll refer you to my YouTube video so you can see how glorious the plant really was and how I harvested and preserved the ginger that I grew at home.

By the end of the season, around October for me, I harvested the whole plant.  At this point, you can either harvest the whole plant, or just take little sections at a time and let the rest continue growing!  Then you can have a continual supply of fresh ginger! And there is nothing like fresh ginger!

3.  Harvesting and Preserving Your Ginger

Here is a video of me harvesting my big ginger harvest! You can do it too and it is so easy!

After I pulled the ginger out of the pot, look at all the beautiful ginger rhizomes!

how to harvest ginger

The rhizomes will not be brown like the ones you see at the grocery store.  The skin is much more tender and a light cream color.

Next, I simply cut off all the stems so I was left with just the rhizomes.

how to harvest ginger

Then I took them inside and gave them a good rinse with water in my kitchen sink.

how to harvest ginger

At this point, you can use a vegetable brush to exfoliate the surface of the rhizomes.  If you still see soil stuck in some crevices, just break the ginger rhizomes at that junction and continue to rinse until all the soil is washed away.

Now here is the million dollar trick to preserve your ginger!  Since it produced way more ginger that I could possibly use before it shrivels up on me, I received a tip from a friend. 

After I thoroughly washed the rhizomes,  I placed them in a jar and completely submerged them in vodka.

I then sealed the jar and placed it in the refrigerator.  It should keep this way for a very long time and I just use it as needed without worrying about it spoiling on me!

All the ginger in the photo below started out with just one organic ginger rhizome from the grocery store!  And all in less than a year’s time from planting to harvest. 

And after you are done using the ginger, you are left with a ginger infused vodka that you can mix up for a cocktail!  It’s a really a win-win situation!

how to harvest ginger

One of my favorite things to do with ginger is make a tea out of it.  I take a piece of ginger and slice several thin pieces and boil them for about 30 minutes. 

Then I’ll strain the water, add  the juice of 1/4 to 1/2 of a lemon, and then enough honey to taste.  It’s absolutely delicious!  I also grow my own Meyer lemons.  I’ll just have to start beekeeping and then I’ll have covered it all. 

So now you know everything you need in order to grow ginger at home.  So give it a try! What are you waiting for?

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  1. highlandheightshounds March 16, 2017
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