Tom Greenthumb Gardening

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

How to Grow Ginger in a Cold Climate

Last night I decided to cook up a stir fry. Ginger is definitely a key ingredient in this fast form of cooking. It not only acts as an anti-inflammatory and increases circulation, but this root is great with noodles. It adds that Asian flair to most Chinese dishes. Growing ginger outside is impossible if you live in a colder climate. Why not try growing ginger in a pot indoors?

I would suggest growing your ginger in a pot around 15 inches across and 12 inches in depth. You want to allow an adequate area for proper drainage. Pick up three ginger roots the next time you hit your local grocery. It's best to use those with an abundant amount of buds. Soak your ginger roots in luke-warm water for 24 hours. Place your tubers in enriched potting soil with the buds up.

If you begin growing this plant in the Spring, with temperatures over 60 degrees F, you can leave your pot outside. Ideal temperature for growing ginger root is over 75 degrees F. Water the ginger tubers lightly at first, increasing amounts as the ginger begins to grow.

In nine to twelve months you should have a ginger plant 3 to 4 feet tall. You can then enjoy home-grown "ginger root" in your favorite chinese dishes.


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