Ginger is what they say a tropical crop. It grows in warmer areas only, including the beautiful Hawaii in the US. You need at least 8 – 10 months of warm weather if you want to grow ginger. This is the reason why majority of the places in the US cannot grow ginger in normal lands. But just in case you want to try to grow ginger at home, here are the things that you have to do: make sure that you have an indoor space where you can plant ginger, and the temperature can be closely controlled to keep the ginger warm.
Hydroponics is the only possible way for you to plant ginger in colder areas. In this process, baby (immature ginger) is planted in a mixture of peat as well as perlite. When the ginger has already developed roots to as much as 3 inches long, they will now be transferred into a different bed, where water is treated with Chem Gro 8-15-36 along with magnesium sulfate and calcium nitrate. The process starts in May, and harvest time will begin sometime in October.
Hydroponics is a method used by commercial growers to ensure a good amount of harvest that will meet the demand of the market. But if you want to grow ginger in your own home, you can also try a simpler method. However, since ginger is quite sensitive to the cold weather, you might want to do a little research on how to properly manage the temperature on where you want to grow your ginger. Furthermore, you have to manage your expectations, as the success of ginger growth might not happen quickly or possibly. Nonetheless, there is no harm in trying.
Successfully growing ginger is one of the most rewarding things you can ever experience. Despite the fact that you know it is hard to grow in colder weathers, you can also use ginger in so many ways; you can make delicious stir fried dishes with it, and you can also create hot drinks from it, that are not just tasty, but good for your health as well.
Some people find success growing ginger by getting an untreated and healthy ginger root from the grocery or from a farmer’s market. Then, you have to soak it in water, and plant it in a 12 inch deep hole. The soil should be loosen, so that you will give an ample amount of space for the roots to grow. Make sure that your pot is placed where there is direct sunlight. This will ensure warm temperature. Water your ginger regularly as well. Be patient because ginger will take at least 10 to 12 months before it starts to reach maturity. You can also use organic fertilizers to give your potted soil some nourishment.
This is a basic way to grow ginger at home. With proper care and nourishment, you can expect ginger by the end of the year.
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