Growing Ginger In Your Garden

Growing Ginger In Your Garden

Ginger is a tropical and subtropical plant native to Southeast Asia’s tropical and subtropical woodlands. It is, however, easy to grow in the UK if planted in a frost-free environment, such as a greenhouse or conservatory. 

Ginger prefers to be kept warm, therefore it’s best grown as an annual, though it can overwinter if kept in a centrally heated home. Ginger grows best in partial shade in hot regions, but with British temps, it can endure more sun. If it gets too hot and sunny in the summer, move to partial shade.

Place a full piece of ginger in a planter or cut it into sections, making sure each piece has at least two ‘eyes’ from which to sprout shoots. If you’re going to chop the ginger, wait a couple of days for the wounds to heal. After that, fill a seed tray or pot halfway with compost and place the ginger on top, eyes facing upwards. Cover the ginger root in compost for a few cm, leaving the eyes visible. Water using a rose-tipped watering can and keep in a warm, partially shady location.

Your ginger root will have formed roots and shoots after a few weeks. Lift it gently from the seed tray and transplant it into a compost pot, laying it on the surface and gently covering it with 5cm compost. Make sure the stem is visible at the top. Allow to drain after gently firming and watering.

Keep your ginger plant in a warm, partially shaded location while it grows, and water it regularly to keep the compost barely moist. As the stem grows, add more compost to the mix. You can pot up your ginger plant and keep it as a houseplant or even outside during the summer months, as long as it is not exposed to cold winds. If you’re growing ginger outside, bring it inside when the weather cools down in the fall.

Late in the summer, your ginger plant will stop producing leaves. After that, or before the first frosts if growing outside, harvest the roots. Simply pull the rhizome from the soil to harvest ginger. Harvest all or part of the roots; you can cut the rhizome and pot the rest as long as it’s kept warm and dry during the winter. Before you eat, make sure you wash your hands completely. You can keep some roots in the freezer and utilize them as needed.

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