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How to Grow Ginger Indoors

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Outdoor garden season may be coming to an end in most areas of the U.S., but there are still some really interesting plants you can grow indoors! For example, ginger….

If you’re looking for a tasty vegetable (rhizome, in this case) that grows well indoors – or in the shade – why not try planting some ginger?  With its slow growth, and preference for shade and cooler temperatures, ginger makes a great indoor plant.

To use it, just dig up a piece of root, and re-bury the rest. You can use ginger in all sorts of Asian dishes, as well as drinks and teas. Many say it has healing properties and is good for the digestion.

Try adding some to your indoor garden this winter!

Ginger is the perfect herb to grow indoors. It’s very low-maintenance, loves partial sunlight, and you can use parts of it at a time, leaving the rest in the soil to continue growing. Besides, it’s delicious! Really, what’s not to love about growing ginger inside?

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How to plant ginger

The best ginger to plant is purchased from a garden center or seed catalog. You’ll have much better luck if you get seed ginger that was meant to be planted. However, ginger can be hard to find from garden suppliers, especially locally.

Ginger purchased from the produce department of your local grocery store can be used to grow a plant, but with spotty results. Grocery store ginger is often sprayed with a growth inhibitor to keep it from sprouting before it’s purchased. That inhibitor also keeps it from sprouting when you stick it in a pot of soil.

….If you do purchase your ginger from the grocery store, be sure to soak it in water overnight to remove as much growth inhibitor as you can.

Whichever way you choose to go, here are some helpful tips for growing ginger inside:

The root that you choose to plant should be plump with tight skin, not shriveled and old. It should have several eye buds on it (bumps that look like potato eyes) and if they’re already a little green, all the better.

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Be sure to pick the perfect pot!

Unlike most other houseplants, ginger loves shallow, wide pots. The roots grow horizontally so be sure the pot you choose will accommodate its growth.

How to grow ginger indoors, step by step:

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For planting instructions, see the full article at LivingTraditionally.com.

 

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