If you want to plant ginger, you only need a few accessories. Only a little patience is required when growing ginger, with our instructions it works!© Engdao - Fotolia.com
Where and how does ginger grow?
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is known to us as a very digestible and above all healthy bulbous plant. Fresh root vegetables can be bought in any well-stocked supermarket, but are also available as tea or dried spices.
Ginger was already known in Germany in the 9th century, but the main cultivation area is still the tropics, with countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, but also Australia, France and Nigeria. The herbaceous plant can grow up to 150cm high. Even if the leaves and thick stems have an impressive appearance, the tuber is the most interesting thing about ginger. It is ultimately the finger-like rhizomes that are used for consumption and in medicine.
If you want to have ginger roots regularly, you should start the experiment and plant ginger yourself. It can be easily grown in a pot or tub.
How can I grow ginger myself?
The ginger root is best planted in early spring - from February / March.
If you want to grow ginger, you need 4 main ingredients:
- (at least) one piece of fresh organic ginger
- a pot or bucket
- potting soil
- Cling film or transparent plastic bag
Planting ginger - step by step instructions
- Cut a piece of ginger (approx. 5 cm) from a fresh tuber. It is important that this piece contains sufficient vegetation nodes. These knobbly growths are important so that the Zingiber can germinate later. Vegetation knot on a ginger root - © Printemps - Fotolia.com
- Place the cut piece of ginger in lukewarm water (preferably overnight).
- The next day, fill a plant pot with nutrient-rich growing soil and put the ginger piece in with the cut down. The interface must be covered with earth - © ded - Fotolia.com
- Now the tuber is only minimally covered with soil (approx. 2 cm) and everything is slightly moistened.
- To ensure that the ginger root germinates well, cover the pot with a transparent plastic cover, under which sufficient humidity can form.
- Water regularly, but avoid waterlogging!
The best location:
Place the seedling in a place that is as warm as possible - at least 20 degrees room temperature, but without direct sunlight.
Now you have to be patient, because a first sprout will only develop after a few weeks. Then came the time to remove the plastic bag again, repot the sprout and place the ginger pot in a very, very sunny place.
Plant ginger and don't forget to take care of it
To ensure that the plant thrives splendidly, you should water it with water that is as lime-free as possible (e.g. rainwater). Waterlogging must be avoided at all costs. You should fertilize the ginger once or twice during the growth phase.
" Tip: You can place your ginger plant in a sunny greenhouse with high humidity at any time.
Harvest ginger - when?
After planting comes the most beautiful part, because in autumn (approx. October) the time of harvest has come. This can be seen from the yellow colored plant leaves - now you can pull the ginger root out of the earth. The home-grown ginger can be processed directly or dried. Ginger is versatile in the kitchen, for example:
- grated as a refinement of soups
- in a refreshing ginger smothie
- pickled as ginger syrup or sweet and sour (Gari)
Adhere to the vegetation break
After harvesting, the ginger root needs a break in vegetation. This means that you first have to dry a part of the tuber (simply cut off the root of the crop) that is to sprout again next spring. For this, you should no longer water the root piece during the winter months and spend the winter in a dark, cool room at a maximum of 10 degrees.
What is so healthy about ginger?
Growing ginger is easy and worthwhile if you value a healthy diet. The Zingiber officinale contains a lot of vitamin C, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, sodium and phosphorus. The sharpness it contains stimulates the blood circulation and thus the circulation. Because of its healthy essential oils, ginger is also indispensable as a remedy.