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26 January 2012

How to Plant Ginger Root

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So hey....apparently planting a pineapple top as a hosue plant is big news...everyone's all pinning and asking questions about growing your own pineapple and gaining a cheap new houseplant, so I thought I would show you another one of my pantry planting successes.  Ready for some NEW houseplants??

I've been on a major ginger kick lately, so a few months ago, I planted a few chunks of ginger to multiply my supply.  Now, people are going to get on my case because you are supposed to lay the ginger on top of the soil, but I plant it right under the surface so my babies don't steal it and eat it.  (Yes, they literally do things like that if plants aren't rooted down yet...no foxglove for THIS family!)  I have had no issues growing ginger this way!!

So here's a chunk of ginger root, about an inch long, unpeeled....

[ Thanks to Andrea for  mentioning in the comment section to be careful to make sure there is a "node" on each section you plant.  All of the important "stuff" to grow is hidden in that node and without one, the ginger will just rot.  You can kind of think of it as the "seed" inside the little piece of ginger.  A node (or bud or whatever you want to call it) is just a little knob on the ginger...you are probably more familiar with potatoes.  You know when potatoes sprout in your pantry?  That little sprout came from a node.  (See a photo HERE)  Try to find those little bumps on your ginger.  If all else fails, try taking an inch off the end of each little "finger" -- those almost always have a node on them!]







Simply place your chunk of ginger in a pot of rich potting soil and DON'T OVERWATER.  
A few cubes of ice a week work until the leaves start to show up.

Bye-bye ginger!


Fast forward a few months...hello little ginger poking up through the soil (see those two little guys?!)



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