How To Grow Ginger Indoors [Step-by-Step] – Top 10 TIPS

Aromatic, pungent and spicy, ginger is perfect in baked goods, candies, Asian dishes and also a very healthy medicinal herb. Ginger has many evidence-based health benefits. It has a broad-spectrum of antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-parasitic properties, to name just several of its more than 40 pharmacological actions. Learn how to grow ginger in your home and you will always have fresh, tender and fiberless ginger root on hand.

How to grow Ginger in your home?

Being a tropical plant it does not tolerate frost, so unless you live in a warm, humid climate, it’s best to grow ginger in a pot indoors. Ginger grows well in partial to full shade, which makes it ideal for growing in your home. Ginger is a no-fuss plant plus it is very pretty with its bamboo-like green shoots and leaves.

1. You can use store-bought ginger root



Make sure that the ginger root you choose is organic and is plump with tight skin. Your best bet is the roots with several eye buds on it (like little horns or potato eyes) and if they’re already slightly green, even better.Ginger you can find in the grocery store is often sprayed with chemicals like growth inhibitor, pesticides and fungicides.

In order to get rid of these chemicals soak the ginger root overnight in warm water but for a minimum of  2-3 hours. After this your ginger root is ready for planting.

2. Plant the roots into containers


Cut the root (rhizome) into smaller pieces, each should have a growth bud on them and plant them all. Make sure to use really good soil, a good potting mix. It must be rich enough to feed your ginger it must be free draining but it has to hold moisture.

Choose a shallow and wide pot or a larger container, depending on how many roots you are planting. Fill the container nearly full with soil and plant the ginger an inch or two beneath the soil. Make sure that the eye buds are facing up!

3. Ginger is a slow starter plant


Keep the pot in a warm place and keep the soil moist. Make sure it doesn’t get too much bright sunlight. When it comes to growing ginger plants are quite slow. Every root you have planted will eventually grow a few leaves, in the one spot.

After a couple of weeks you will see the shoots popping up out of the soil. Continue to water them regularly, you can use a spray bottle to mist it.

4. After a few months you will have a pretty plant


Ginger grown indoors will eventually reach a height of 2 feet in a container and may reach a height of 2 to 3 feet in the garden. The great thing about growing ginger that it doesn’t take up much room at all and it does look pretty as a houseplant in your home.

5. What your plant needs

Ginger needs a lot of moisture, especially while actively growing. Never let the soil dry out but also make sure not to overwater it, because the water can drain away the nutrients. The other thing this plant loves is humidity. With regular spraying and misting you can keep the air moist enough. Dry air can cause problems with spider mites. Use some natural liquid fertilizer such as seaweed extract or fish fertiliser every few weeks.

6. When to harvest your ginger


The best part of the whole process has finally arrived. You can already start stealing little bits of your plant once it is about four months old, but the longer you can keep the plant growing the larger your harvest will be. Pull aside some of the soil at the edges of the pot to find some roots beneath the surface and cut off the needed amount. Ginger can be harvested endlessly and as long as it is well cared for, it will continue to produce roots.

7. If you need a larger harvest…


If you need a larger harvest, you can tip out the the entire plant. Break up the roots and select a few nice ones with good growing buds for replanting and then you can start the whole process over again.

8. How to divide your plant

If you would like to have more pots of ginger plants or would like to share it with friends, the plant can be simply divided. Pull aside the soul at the edge, and cut off one root that has leaves. Plant it in a separate smaller container. Also if you notice new ‘buds’ forming at the top of the roots separate them and plant it for even more ginger!

9. The leaves and shoots are edible as well


Did you know that the ginger leaves and shoots are edible as well? They are not as commonly used as the roots, but they milder ginger flavor is worth trying. Once you have your own ginger plant, you can use the green parts as a flavorful garnish just like chives or spring onions.

10. Why bother growing your own?


First of all because it’s fun and simple. Second, because there is a significant difference between homegrown young ginger and the ginger you find at the supermarket. The old ginger (bottom left corner on the photo) is often dried out, woody and very spicy. Young ginger is far superior, finer in texture, less fibrous, quite tender, it has more sweetness and a brighter herbal flavor. Plus the  your own ginger will be certainly free of chemicals.

Now you learned How To Grow Ginger at home, maybe you should try Growing Lemongrass next?



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    17 Responses

    1. Hi there

      I love ginger and didn’t realize just how easy it is to grow. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am going to grow my own ginger now.

    2. Thank you for the article/instruction on growing ginger. I have some every day. I make a tea out of ginger for my stomach.

      I am definitely going to do this in the next week.

    3. I followed your tips earlier this summer and now I have 2 kinds of Edible Ginger & Turmeric growing in my Brooklyn apartment.

    4. I definitely have to add ginger to my array of houseplants. Great to hear it doesn’t need much light, as I have run out of window space.

    5. Love it! It seems so simple. Definitely trying it now that I know how to. I’m an avid ginger lover and your Article was a big help. Thanks so much.

    6. Thank you so much! I like ginger very much, and I have stomach problems so I use it for making a tea every mornig with very good Greek hony! But some times I could not afford it… So now this is solved! If I understood well after planting it, id grows on the side more ginger-kids?

    7. Did the article end right after the soaking instructions? I could not find anything about how to plant it, what kind of soil, how often to water, etc.

      Please advise.

    8. Turmeric roots seem pretty similar visually to ginger roots and can be grown the same way. ^_^

    9. I started a plant but have it out doors. The leaves are growing out. However I did not know the part about soaking the ginger 2-3 hours so I think I will try another set and grow them indoors this time. Thank you

    10. I don’t understand, how a root of ginger will yield many under soil and how to remove them. Could you please add them as well.

    11. I started growing ginger 3 weeks ago in doors and I now have little horns on them. It’s still kinda cold at nights so they will stay inside for now. I love cooking with ginger. I do have a question regarding ginger water and my cats. My cats love drinking water with ginger in it, is it safe for them?

    12. It’s not only perfectly safe for your furball to eat ginger, but it can also be beneficial to it. Ginger or ginger root isn’t a typical dietary supplement for cats. … You can grate small amounts of ginger root into your pet’s food.

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