Ginger is another one of those plants you can grow from supermarket leftovers. It makes a great houseplant (especially in colder climes), a good option for the bathroom, and adds beauty with it’s impressive flower.
If you live in a warmer climate (zones 8-12), ginger grows well outdoors as long as it never drops below 60 degrees. Ginger likes humidity above 50%, can tolerate partial shade and when happy will grow from 3′ to 15′ tall (depending on the variety).
For most of us, ginger is an indoor plant.
To root, follow these simple steps:
- Choose a firm root, preferably with green points at the end of the fingers. If you choose to cut into smaller pieces, let the cut ends seal over (takes a day or two) before planting.
- Soak roots overnight in warm water. Water leftover from steaming veggies is perfect.
- Line a shallow bowl or other container with sphagnum moss or coconut fiber and place the ginger root on top with the green tips pointing up.
- Water carefully. You want the moss to be lightly moist but not soaked. Allow it to dry out at the surface before watering again.
- Wait for leaves to form before transplanting to a pot with good drainage. Go ahead and keep the moss attached to roots. Plant with roots just below the edge of the pot with the top of the original ginger root barely visible above the potting soil.
- Make sure your new ginger plant is warm, has enough humidity (perfect bathroom plant!) and moisture. Since it will tolerate partial shade, a bright window is an ideal location for ginger to thrive.