Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ginger Growth Update

Back in March of last year I blogged about How to Grow Ginger (See that post Here). What I didn't realize at the time is that the tin coffee can I was growing the ginger in would rust all over the place. I eventually gave up on it. The post continued to get hits like crazy from Pinterest (Don't forget to follow me Here). So just a couple of weeks ago I started all over again. This baby has been growing at the rate of about a half an inch a day! I keep it moist, and out of direct sunlight. It has 4-5 more bulbs popping out just under the soil so I see that it is going really well! I will have many photos to update this post with. : )

Excerpt from my previous 'Grow Your Ginger At Home' post:
"Studies say ginger’s peak flavor arrives at 265 days, And if you start the ginger inside in late winter, that one root can produce four times that amount by fall! (Which I AM!) But you’ll only get this long growing season by starting your ginger indoors as a houseplant early in the year and then transplanting it in your garden in late spring, once the weather’s warmed. When moving your ginger to your garden, choose a spot with rich, loose soil, and be sure to water it regularly. There aren’t many pests or diseases to worry about. And occasionally, you might get a nice surprise: Your ginger plant may produce yellowish flowers at the base of each stem. With proper care, your ginger can reach 2-4 feet tall. It’ll have narrow, glossy, green leaves that can be up to a foot long. Its roots can be harvested at any time, but you should let the plant grow for at least three to four months before harvesting. You’ll be able to see the ginger roots growing near the surface of the soil. To harvest them, just trim off small sections whenever you need them, while the rest of the plant continues to grow. The new roots that grow from the starter root will have the best flavor and texture. The old starter root should be tossed out at the end of the season."



16 comments :

  1. Oh my gosh!!! This is awesome... why did I never think to try this? I love ginger and often grate some into my hot tea, as well as using it often in my adventure to eat the world. It'd be nice to have it handy in the garden, as well as gifting starters for Valentine's Day... Thanks so much for this :)

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    1. Sasha! I am happy that you are just as excited as I am about growing ginger. I took this photo last week, and it has already doubled in size. I plan to continue to update it's growth. So I am happy that you are here and along for the adventure!

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  2. Can't wait to try this!!! I love gardening but never thought to try ginger, which I love. Thanks so much!!

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    1. Everyone should start your ginger starts right now. It is the perfect time! I am happy that you are excited about it Shannon! Glad to gave you the idea : )

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    2. Hi DreamState, can i start in this season planting ginger, is there any condition about the place where it growth, how many time can i water it? thank you

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  3. Too funny, your original post is how I ended up here today! I have a lump of ginger that has started to sprout on its own, now I know what to do with it!

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    1. I had no idea that the sprouts would get so big! It is definitely not a plant that you can keep in a container garden.. I will continue to update as it grows unlike the previous failed attempt. :)

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  4. can you explain how to set it up please???

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    1. Hey Theresa,
      This is an updated post to a previous post on how to grow ginger. See the original here:
      http://dreamstateinspiration.blogspot.com/2012/03/grow-your-own-ginger-at-home.html

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  5. Ginger grows wild in Hawaii. You have to be careful though as some Gingers are poisonous. I don't remember which color Ginger is Poisonous. You can tell by color. If you plant the one from the supermarket you should be OK. It grows all year long in lots of water and good drainage. Shade
    Cindy

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  6. So I a little confused; do you eat the green part? I put ginger in my juice and tea and never have seen the green part so I was just wondering what that was used for?

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    1. The "green part" is the foliage and it will bloom into a beautiful flower. Most people use the root for cooking, although some Asian cultures I know cook with the flower as well. Just like the flower of the zuchinni plant...it's a delicacy in Italy.:)

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    2. Thanks so much for sharing that info! :)

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  7. Do I understand correctly that the root is not fully burried in soil?
    Thnx, Arno

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  8. I love ginger I'm going to try growing it, I use ginger a lot in my juice & for cooking.

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  9. If you buy organic ginger from supermarket, it does produce better than the one that isn't organic

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