Ginger is a warm climate plant. To grow well it needs lots of water and nutrients. However, it will still grow damaged leaves and fruits if they don’t have enough sunlight, soil, or fertilizer. Although it will still look very strong underground so the chances to harvest a decent amount is high as long as you keep watering it regularly.
Overwintering ginger is the process of protecting young ginger plants so that they can resprout in spring. You can harvest ginger root after the plant dies down in winter, digging around the plant to cut off a piece of the older root.
Types/forms of ginger
- Young ginger is usually available only in Asian markets and does not need to be peeled.
- Mature ginger is more readily available and has a tough skin that needs to be peeled
Pot planting the ginger
Ginger is a delightfully easy houseplant to care for. It thrives in any sunny window, and it looks best when slightly pot-bound. If you have one that has outgrown its container, you can easily re-pot it. Select an 8 or 10-inch terra cotta pot and fill partway with potting soil. Trim the ginger’s stem (the rhizome), remove all but the top few inches of the stem if it’s sprouted (be sure to leave an inch or two beneath the plant’s leaves), then place ginger top down in the terra.
Watering the ginger
Because Ginger is a heavy feeder and an even heavier drinker, you need to make sure your container has the space for it. The nicest part about Ginger is the deep green color that changes from lime to emerald, depending on how much light it’s getting at the time. Give it enough room to grow, change the water frequently, and watch as it takes over your home. Don’t worry, it’s worth every bit of effort to be able to look at such a beautiful specimen every day.
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Best way to plant ginger
If you are planting ginger at home or in the garden, you should do it right after the ground thaws. Ginger plants can be planted up to 6 weeks before your anticipated first frost. Plant your rhizomes in 2- to 4-inch deep holes that are 6 to 8 inches apart and 2 to 4 inches deep with the top buds facing upward. You can either plant them whole or cut them into smaller pieces containing a couple of buds each and plant them accordingly.
Ginger is used for reducing nausea in pregnancy, post-operative and motion sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy-induced vomiting. It may also relieve symptoms that include diarrhea, dizziness, flatulence, heartburn, and loss of appetite.
How it may be served
Ginger, a member of the root family that also includes turmeric, galangal, and cardamom, is native to China but now grows around the world. Its rhizomes (underground stem) are dry and brownish-yellow. Most of the ginger produced is used in cookery as a spice.
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