The procedure and features of planting ginger at home, as well as further care and mistakes in growing

The procedure and features of planting ginger at home, as well as further care and mistakes in growing

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You fell in love with a southern spice with a burning taste and many healing properties, and you wondered - can it be grown on a windowsill?

Where to get planting material? Will a store-bought root work? Will you succeed in getting the harvest? And if so, what should be done for this? You will find the answers in the article.

We will tell you in detail how to plant a ginger plant at home, as well as show visual photos of seeds and sprouted ginger. We will acquaint you with the typical mistakes that can be made when growing such a spice at home.

Can you get the harvest at home?

Yes, you can. Many amateur flower growers managed, with some effort, to get a crop on the windowsill.

Favorable time for planting

Ginger can be planted on the windowsill at any time of the year.... However, you will achieve the best results if you adhere to the plant's natural life cycle. Try to keep within the period from the end of February to the end of April. Then the period of active growth will fall on the warm and sunny summer months.

Are there special varieties?

In Russia, ginger is bred mainly by amateurs, there is no selection work with this crop. There are several varieties of ginger, named for their place of origin. Most often on the shelves you can find the so-called Chinese ginger from China and India with large rhizomes and a relatively mild taste.

Japanese ginger rhizomes are finer and sharper in taste... Within the framework of both varieties, different varieties are distinguished, but only a narrow specialist can distinguish them by their appearance. There are no special varieties for the windowsill - neither in Russia nor abroad. Therefore, finding a varietal planting material, especially one intended specifically for cultivation in a pot, is a difficult task.

How to land correctly?


  • ceramic container;
  • small shoulder blade;
  • flower pot or wide flat container;
  • priming;
  • drainage material (broken brick, expanded clay, small stones, crushed eggshells or dried tangerine peels);
  • transparent bag or cling film;
  • spray;
  • baby watering can or watering bottle.

Which pot to choose?

Take a shallow plastic pot or wide, low container, also made of plastic. Whichever container you choose, it must have drainage holes in it.

What ready-made soil is suitable?

Take a vegetable potting soil... It should be loose and light and contain a lot of humus.

Where and for how much to buy material for growing?

In Russia, it is almost impossible to find material designed specifically for planting ginger in a pot. Ginger is rarely grown from seeds even in its native countries.

Almost the only way to grow ginger on your own is to use a root purchased in a store (more precisely, a rhizome, a modified underground shoot, which is sometimes called a root tuber).

The average price per kilogram in Moscow and St. Petersburg is about 200 rubles. Choose a smooth, succulent rhizome with thin skin. It is good if the kidneys - "eyes" - are light green.

A photo

Next, you can see a photo of seeds, root tubers and sprouted store-bought ginger root.



If you still managed to purchase seeds, you can start planting:

  1. calcine the soil in the oven at a temperature of about 100 C for half an hour and let it cool;
  2. lay a drainage layer on the bottom of the container;
  3. fill the container with soil;
  4. moisten it with a spray bottle;
  5. spread the seeds about 4 cm apart;
  6. sprinkle the seeds with soil;
  7. cover the pot with a bag or foil (you do not need to water the crops);
  8. place the pot in a well-lit, warm place (for example, near a radiator on the south side);
  9. make holes in the film so that the crops breathe;
  10. wait for germination for 2-4 weeks, occasionally opening the greenhouse for ventilation and spraying the soil with a spray bottle.

From root tuber

  1. Rinse the rhizome, put it in a ceramic container and keep it close to the battery ?, making sure that the air is moist and the rhizome does not dry out.
  2. Before planting, soak the root overnight in warm water - cut the root along the jumpers, so that there are 1-2 eyes for each piece.
  3. Sprinkle the sections with crushed coal or ash, or rinse with a solution of potassium permanganate, and dry.
  4. Pour drainage and soil into the pot, and spread the prepared rhizome pieces on the surface at intervals of about 3 cm.
  5. Sprinkle them with soil, but do not cover the buds.
  6. Water well.
  7. Cover the container with plastic wrap and care for the plantings as you would for sown seeds. Seedlings will appear in 1-2 weeks.

From a sprouted store root

If you bought a ginger rhizome for culinary purposes, and the eyes swelled on it, and green arrows and aerial roots even appeared from them, do with it as described above, but you do not need to keep the root warm before planting.

Read about how to harvest from a sprouted root here, and you will find a practical guide to planting ginger at home in various ways in our dedicated article.

Further care

After the emergence of sprouts - both from the seeds and from the root tuber - observe the following rules:

  • keep the room temperature at 20-25 C;
  • do not allow drafts;
  • water the plantings regularly so that the soil does not dry out, but also does not become waterlogged - stagnant moisture is destructive for ginger;
  • water the ginger with warm and soft water;
  • loosen the soil every few days so that oxygen is constantly supplied to the roots;
  • place the plant on a well-lit windowsill, but protect it from direct sunlight;
  • feed the ginger with liquid fertilizers once every two weeks, alternating mineral and organic;
  • if you notice buds, cut them off immediately;
  • to exclude fungal diseases, rinse the plant with warm (up to 40 C) water, wiping the leaves with soapy water;
  • in winter, take care of additional lighting, for example with fluorescent lamps.

The crop can be harvested after 8-9 months.


Remember that rhizome fragments must be planted with their eyes upward, otherwise they will not sprout.

As you can see, even a novice gardener can get a harvest of ginger on the windowsill. If you are lucky enough to find seeds, plant them, if not - you can find a suitable rhizome in almost any grocery store. Now hurry to the hypermarket for planting material, potting soil and pots.

We offer for viewing a useful and informative video about planting and caring for ginger at home:

Watch the video: How to Grow Peppers from Seed to Harvest. Complete Guide with Digital Table of Contents (May 2022).


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