Ginger is a plant that is increasingly in fashion around the world, although it has been used for centuries in Asia, for its multiple health properties. For this reason, more and more people want to have their own plant at home, because if you have space, in this way, it is much easier to take advantage of the root of the plant and ensure that it is grown as naturally as possible.
If you want to learn what the conditions are for having this plant at home, don’t miss this article in which we explain in detail how to grow ginger at home . Take note of all their care and enjoy their benefits whenever you need them.
Properties and uses of ginger
As we mentioned at the beginning, the root of this plant is full of benefits and therefore it is widely used. The main health properties of ginger are that it is an anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, digestive, analgesic, antihistamine, antispasmodic, antitussive, antimicrobial, anticoagulant and many more, all thanks mainly to the shogaoels and gingerols it contains.
The main uses of ginger for health are to prevent and treat respiratory, digestive, circulatory problems, pain in general and to have more energy, among many more uses. In short, it is a plant that if you can have at home it is better that you do not miss the opportunity. Take note of the care and cultivation of the ginger plant .
How to get the ginger rhizome or root with bud to plant
If you want to have the ginger plant in your garden, take note of the first thing you have to do. First get a good piece of ginger root or rhizome or leave it for a while in a place with some humidity so that the rhizomes are generated. To do this, you can put the piece of ginger root or several pieces in a glass with water to absorb it for 3 or 4 hours, then remove the pieces, let them release a little water on absorbent paper and then store them in a bag made of plastic closed, if possible with a closure, and wrap it with a cloth. After a week, the first sprouts should appear on the piece of ginger rhizome.
Thus, the piece of ginger before being planted will have to have some finer roots, such as threads of different thicknesses, as well as small green lumps or shoots from which the plant begins to take a stem.
How to plant ginger at home
When you have this piece of root or rhizome prepared with a sprout, take note of everything you will need and the steps to follow to plant ginger at home :
- 1 piece of ginger root or rhizome.
- 1 pot about 40 cm deep and as wide as possible or a large piece of land.
- 3 parts of land, if possible ecological.
- 1 part compost or worm castings.
Steps to plant ginger
- Prepare the garden ground or pot. Make sure it has adequate drainage to avoid waterlogging and prepare the compost or humus and soil.
- Fill the soil or pot with 1 part of compost or humus and 3 parts of organic soil.
- Prepare the root piece and, if you have enough space or several pots, break it into pieces so that you have a sprout in each piece and no more. Nothing happens if there are several in a single piece, but if there is space it is better because the plants will grow more easily and with more space.
- To plant the ginger you do not have to make a hole and place and cover the piece, but it is much better to bury it superficially. To do this, you just have to place the rhizome horizontally and with care and gentle movements, sinking it a little into the mixed earth, until it is more or less buried only in half and leaving the buds or shoots outside.
- Finally, water the soil a little without directly touching the rhizomes, but around them, and you can put the pot where you want, taking into account what we tell you next.
Now that you have ginger planted in a pot or in your garden, you will be interested to know that after 3 or 4 months after it begins to grow, you can harvest some small pieces of the roots for your particular use. To do this, stir the soil a little by one edge until you find a rhizome and cut the right amount necessary. Cover the rhizome well with the soil again and it will continue to grow.
Location and temperature to grow ginger at home
To locate the ginger plant at home you will first have to be clear if you are going to have it outdoors or indoors. It will always be better to have it outdoors even if it is a small terrace or balcony where there is some shade.
Thus, once you have succeeded in planting the ginger, do not place it in an area with direct sun, as many hours of direct light and heat are not convenient for it and can greatly damage the plant. It is much better to place the ginger in a partially shaded place .
The optimal temperature for growing ginger at home is that it does not exceed 20 ºC and 21 ºC and that it is never below 10 ºC, as it cannot withstand intense heat or cold. Also, if you have the plant indoors, put it near a window or balcony where it can get a lot of light, but not direct and strong sun, and avoid putting the plant near air conditioners or heating radiators.
How to water the ginger plant
Finally, regarding the watering of the ginger plant at home, we recommend that you use, especially at the beginning after planting the rhizomes, water mixed with a little earthworm humus. Discover here the Benefits of earthworms and you will know why it is good that you have them in your garden or orchard, as well as that you use the humus they produce for your potted plants.
It is best to water light and frequent , that is, use a small amount of water at the same time but water often, making sure that the soil is always moist but never flooded. To water correctly you will have to pour the water, whether mixed with humus or not, around each rhizome to avoid wetting them directly.
If you notice that the ground is puddled or that the plant seems to suffer from excess water, if it gets sick with a droopy appearance and it gets dark, then it is best to transplant the ginger plant to an area or pot with new soil.