29 December 2013, by gj
A bit of store-bought organic ginger was planted last Feb 1st.
You can read how we did it here and follow the progress here.
This is the result:
Older roots to the left.
From this experiment we learned:
Ginger prefers to be neglected.
In the beginning, keep your ginger just moist, not wet. Other gardeners have told me their ginger pieces rotted, so watch out for that.
We found our larger piece did better, our smaller ones did rot also. So in this case, bigger is better.
We also saw the difference between what we grew and what we bought.
Fresh, young ginger roots have barely any peel on them at all. The ones from the store have a much heavier coat. Even with what we grew, you could see the difference as the larger and most likely older pieces had more of a peel on them.
Because the ginger you pick yourself is younger, it is less woody or fibrous. Just don’t let it grow too long and you are good.
We waited 11 months, which is a little more than what is recommended. Our ginger had to take moving to the outdoors in the spring, then back inside in the fall, so we cut it some slack.
Store bought vs. homegrown.
Of course the taste difference is undeniable, as is the case with almost anything you grow yourself. In order to get that nice pink color from pickled ginger, you need young roots, so unless you have access to an Asian market, growing it yourself is the only way to get that.
We’re trying another experiment, this one based on adding bone meal and blood meal to the soil, and occasionally watering with a little fish emulsion- to see if we can grow the 2014 ginger batch even better.
There will also be a comparison of store-bought to homegrown root starts, just to see if there is a difference and well honestly, because now we can.
Let the experiment begin.
Peel then thinly slice young ginger roots.
Salt and let stand for 20 minutes.
Rinse, drain, pat dry.
Dissolve 1/3 cup sugar in 1 cup rice wine vinegar by boiling.
Pour over ginger.
Better the longer it sits, at least 1 week suggested.
9 November 2013, by gj
Read the basics here.
Not a bad looking houseplant.
Well it has been just over 9 months now since the ginger was originally planted.
We found the larger piece fared much better than the smaller ones, which all ended up rotting.
We ended up keeping the plant in the pot all summer, and brought it back indoors in October when the weather began to cool.
The outer skin of the original root.
The original outer covering, or skin, on the ginger is now falling off.
More of the original skin.
It is still sending up new shoots, though.
Another new shoot.
When you brush back the soil, you can see the root is almost ready to harvest.
To the left you can see part of the new bare root.
A few of the leaves have died back, but that could be attributed to coming indoors.
We’re going to wait a bit longer and see what happens.
It is such a pretty plant I admit I may just leave some in the pot.
Then again, I can get anther one started…
and I just found out you can grow cardamon, under the right conditions.
Plant Intervention time?
Categories: ginger, How to Grow
1 February 2013, by gj
This is a first.
Not only because we have never grown ginger before, but also we don’t normally post about anything we haven’t actually done.
Here’s the thing, it can take nigh on a year before you will see the results of this attempt, so if you want to join in on the fun, go get yourself a root.
As always, there is much conflicting information on the internet. No surprise, ginger probably grows somewhat differently in various places.
So here’s the basics:
1. You can use a ginger root from the market.
2. Start your ginger by placing it in some potting soil. Don’t bury it like a potato, just press it into the soil. You can plant the whole root, or break off side shoots. The roots grow from open/cut sides, so the smaller pieces may be better. Just as a test, we did both.
3. Ginger has tiny little nodules on it, they look like little spikes. This is where the green growth will come from. Don’t worry if you can’t see them, they are there. If you look close you can just see this nodule is turning white as it begins to sprout.
4. Continue to mist the ginger to keep it moist. Place in a warm area. After about a week the nodules will begin to sprout and the roots to grow. The next picture shows tiny hair-like roots coming out.
5. When the weather is continually above 50F, or after the last spring frost, you can bring the ginger outside. At this point it can be transplanted into the ground or remain in the pot. Ginger takes anywhere from 230-300 days to grow. That’s quite a difference, but it definitely does not like frost. Again to experiment, we will plant some in the ground and leave the rest in the container.
6. Ginger can take some shade, so almost any location is suitable. We have not read anything about it being invasive, but we’re going to keep it out of the main garden just to be safe.
7. Before the frost, bring the ginger back indoors. Presumably, the longer it has to grow, the bigger the roots will become. Bigger isn’t always better, the roots can get tough.
Have you ever grown ginger? Care to give it a go?
Botanical name: Zingiber officinale
Yield: One root will produce multiple roots.
Plant height: About 4 ft.
Harvest: When the leaves die back.
Storage: Dehydrate, freeze or pickle.
Categories: ginger, How to Grow