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How to Grow Lots of Ginger in Containers at Home | How to Grow Ginger at Home

How to Grow Ginger at Home | How to Grow Lots of Ginger in Containers at Home | How to Grow Ginger Plant

Ginger is one of the most widely cultivated crops in the world. One can pickle it, candy it, dry it, eat it raw, or add it to your curries. Even though we call Ginger a root in everyday practice, it is a Rhizome, a modified stem. In other words, it is a stem and not a root. It’s always a good idea to know how to grow Ginger.

Did you know? Ginger is a stem and not a root.

In this article, you will learn about the following:

  1. The best way to choose Ginger for Sowing
  2. Soil conditions for growing Ginger
  3. Fertilizing Ginger
  4. Weather conditions
  5. Common Problems
  6. The right time to Sow and Harvest Ginger

Step 1: Choosing the best Ginger for Sowing

The larger the Rhizome chunk, the more will be the ginger harvest. Make sure you pick a large piece of Ginger from a grocery store. One must look for eyes or growing points on the Ginger. You can notice that sometimes the Ginger can start sprouting even while it is in the refrigerator.  

How to Grow Ginger at Home How to Grow Lots of Ginger in Containers at Home

Step 2: Soil conditions for Growing Ginger

You could either pre-sprout your Ginger in a bowl of water or sow it directly in the soil. Ginger likes to grow in loose soil and thrives in sandy loam. It likes well-drained conditions and grows well both under rainfed and irrigated conditions. You must not grow Ginger in the same soil year after year because it is an exhausting crop. The Rhizomes must not become waterlogged.

The ideal soil composition for growing Ginger is 30% Cocopeat, 60% Soil, and 10% Plant feed or nitrogen fertilizer. You can easily grow Ginger in pots or containers as well. It is essential to understand that Ginger grows in a sideward manner. Choosing a suitable container.

Step 3: The Best Fertilizer for Ginger

Ginger benefits from the application of Nitrogen, especially in the early growing season. One can also plant more Nitrogen-fixing plants like peas and beans in the same soil or around the plant.

Step 4: Suitable Weather Conditions

Ginger comes from South East Asia and likes the tropical climate. If you live in an icy region, try to start growing Ginger indoors or plant it just before summers and harvest it before the cold weather sets in.

Step 5: Common Problems that you could face while growing Ginger

The common problems with growing Ginger are that the tips of the Ginger leaves can start browning due to lack of watering. The leaves can also turn yellow due to lack of nutrition.

Step 6: Right time to Sow and Harvest

Ginger can be sown in April or in February end under irrigated conditions. It can be planted in spring-summer and harvested just as the winters begin. But in regions that do not have a long winter, Ginger can grow for almost 11-12 months before harvesting. The plant can also be grown indoors, and then it doesn’t stay very season dependent.

Here’s a Tip: Add fresh Ginger Leaves to your soups and broths because they are very aromatic.

When are you going to start growing Ginger?

Chetna Bhalla

Chetna Bhalla, founder of She believes that by sharing knowledge and ideas, one can make this world a better place. Chetna is also a founder at, a favorite website in the Tech world. She believes that it is the need of the times to connect with nature. She is very passionate about the idea of living close to nature. Chetna co-founded this website along with her husband Ashish and son Vihaan during the COVID-19 Pandemic to inculcate a love for life and to provide ideas to engage kids productively. She wants to create a brigade of green ambassadors who are future-ready and understand the importance of cooking from fresh produce. Please connect with her via comments on the website.

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