Few plants are as healthful as the spice Ginger.
What is commonly called the Ginger Root is actually the rhizome that grows below ground between the bamboo-like greenery and the actual root of the ginger.
Call it what you will…the Ginger Root (or Rhizome) is unmatched in the nutritional and culinary worlds.
It can be added to sauces, soups, or stir-fried, pickled, caramelized, candied, and made into tea. No matter how you slice it – Spice Ginger is an amazing plant that no home or gardener should be without.
Plant your spice Ginger in early spring, keeping it moist and shaded. When the foliage dies back in late fall…the treasure below ground is ready to be harvested.
You can leave a few rhizomes in the ground or place them in a container to start next year’s crop – they won’t need to be watered until next spring. Use the rest of the harvested ginger for all of your culinary delights.
If you live in a climate where temperatures drop below 50°, plant your spice Ginger in a container and bring it inside during the colder weather. A 14 inch pot will hold 3-4 average size rhizomes and grow a plentiful supply of ginger.
If you are growing your ginger inside, remember that they love humidity and well drained soil. Place a stone-filled saucer below the container, and keep it filled with water; this will insure that the soil doesn’t dry out.
You will make your indoor ginger plant especially happy by giving it a daily ‘spritz’ of water, to mimic the humid habitat of its native home.