How to Grow Your Own Ginger at Home!

5 comments by Luke Marion

Knobs of ginger sold at grocery stores are not only expensive, but rarely do you need all of it, meaning that shriveled up part you ended up not using just got wasted. Well what if you could grow tons of ginger, in your garden or even a container, use what you need, let the rest keep growing, and end up with a product so high quality that you will never go to the store again for it? Then, HERE WE GO! *Que magic school bus music* 

Growing ginger is easy. Let's get started. We did a video on it HERE but below is a very thorough step by step. 

Step 1: Purchase Ginger Roots

The first step in growing ginger at home is to purchase ginger roots. Look for ginger roots that are plump and have a few buds or “eyes” on them. These buds will eventually grow into shoots and leaves. You can find ginger roots at most grocery stores or online.

Step 2: Preparing the Soil

Ginger prefers well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. If your soil is heavy clay or sandy, you can amend it with compost or peat moss to improve the drainage and fertility. You can also use a potting mix specifically formulated for ginger. Ginger also prefers a slightly acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. Ginger can be grow in-ground in warmer regions with longer growing seasons, or grown in containers in areas with shorter growing seasons. Ginger also thrives in confined locations where other plants may not do as well. Farmers often will plant ginger as an understory crop under coconut trees for a polyculture and dual harvest to maximize the return on their land. 

Step 3: Planting the Ginger Roots

Plant the ginger roots with the buds or “eyes” facing up, about an inch deep in the soil. Space the roots about 4 to 6 inches apart. Water the soil thoroughly after planting to help settle the roots. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Ginger doesn't like to be flooded. Yes, it is tropical, but the soil it grows in naturally would drain freely as well as have many other plants to share the excess water with. Just make sure you are not watering more than needed. In our garden, we usually water our ginger about once a week. We also grow in containers since we live further North. 

If you start your ginger in containers like this, make sure to transplant once the roots begin to poke out the bottom. This is excellent to save on space, and get many plants growing in a small area. 

ginger seedlings

Step 4: Provide Adequate Light, Temperature, and nutrients

Ginger is a tropical plant and prefers warm temperatures between 60-90°F. It also prefers bright, indirect light. Ginger will thrive with 6-8 hours of sun, and loves a humidity around 30-40%, but can tolerate more. If you live in a cooler climate, you can grow ginger indoors near a sunny window or under grow lights. 

Ginger are heavy feeders. Though they can grow in a tight space, giving them lots of nutrients is critical to keeping them growing. We use Trifecta+ with amazing results, but any all purpose fertilizer will work great. Just remember that whatever you use should have lots of Nitrogen to assist in leaf growth and plant development. 

Step 5: Harvesting the Ginger

Ginger is typically ready to harvest in about 8-10 months. The older foliage will begin to yellow and die back, indicating that the older ginger rhizomes are mature. Carefully dig up the ginger roots and wash off the soil. The younger ginger rhizomes will be tender and very light almost pink. These are the future plants and can be left to grow. The ginger can be used fresh or stored in the refrigerator for later use. But what if you don't want to harvest it all? That's ok! Just dig up a small portion, snap it off, and the ginger will naturally heal and keep growing. Ginger "crawls" under the soil, so the older parts of the plant will remain, while new "fingers" of the ginger sprout new growth. This keeps the cycle going for as long as you keep the plant healthy! 

Growing ginger at home is a great way to have a steady supply of fresh ginger on hand for cooking and medicinal purposes. It is a relatively easy plant to grow and care for, as long as you provide it with the right conditions. With a little patience and care, you can enjoy fresh ginger all year round. In addition, you can try different ways of using ginger like making ginger tea, ginger juice, ginger pickle, ginger chutney, ginger marinade, and many more. Ginger is a versatile spice that can be added to both sweet and savory dishes. It is also known for its medicinal properties, including reducing inflammation and aiding in digestion. So, start growing your own ginger today and enjoy the benefits of fresh ginger all year round.

Happy gardening! 

Grow bigger,
Luke


5 comments


  • Chezlynn

    Pot size for indoor growing?
    1) what pot size for indoor growing, and can we grow more than one together?
    2) Is ginger harmful to pets?
    Thanks for all you do! We love your show on YouTube and have gone from nothing to a full garden on our deck!


  • Stephanie

    What size pot do you recommend for each root when the plant gets to full size? I plan on growing it inside.


  • Gigi Vohsen

    Thanks so much! I have learned a great deal from your channel and these posts. I am forever grateful for those who ‘know’, generously sharing their gifts. Keep ’em coming. I feel 2023 is going to be a huge growth year for your immediate family and the “gardening” family of which I feel lucky to be a part of.


  • Gwendoline Demmel

    Thank you Luke, I always follow your tips. I am now starting a new garden in Switzerland so the frost and snow is still on the ground. It’s actually very similar to Michegan in many ways. I have this year a window with natural light in the cellar where I will start seeds and already made notes about soil for that.
    Anyway, in EU (including Switzerland) we cannot buy trifecta as due to BSE (mad cow disease) bone meal is not allowed so I need to speak with an organic gardener here to see what the alternative is in my area.
    Thanks for the great tips and the pics of the family. Wishing you all including the great team behind you a wonderful summer and a wonderful 2023.
    Best regards,
    Gwen


  • Tammy Cilione

    Always valuable information thank you so much.


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