Ginger can be grown indoors like a houseplant. But is there any point when you can buy root ginger at your local supermarket? Well yes, in fact the young home grown ginger is finer in texture and quite tender whereas the old ginger you buy at the store is often dry and woody. Ginger is useful in cooking and has medicinal benefits too. These top ten tips come from an article I found on the Top Inspired website.
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.
Did you know that you can actually grow ginger indoors? 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.
Grow ginger in your home and you will?always have fresh, tender and fiberless ginger root on hand.
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!
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