Sunday, August 26, 2012

Grow your own culinary ginger

Ginger (zingiber officinale) Photo ,that you buy in the produce section of your grocer, is a live rhizome, that can easily be grown. It becomes a tall bamboo-like plant, that is really tough, and can take a lot of abuse. The root grows very similar to an iris, sending out nodes, and spreads, fairly rapidly, filling the pot. They can be removed, with a knife, and washed. You now have a constant supply of ginger. I once had one, that filled an 8" pot, it made a pretty plant for one corner of my living room.
Leave the root at room temperature for about 1 week, then you will notice little eyes begin to sprout. This tiny piece has two.

Plant the root shallowly in at least a 4" pot, laying it flat, leaving the top exposed. The rhizome will creep along the surface. treat it like any other houseplant, watering when it looks a bit dry.

                                              After 2 weeks.

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