My inability to throw plants away is getting the better of me. Just this morning I checked the colander that I keep my onions/garlic/shallots in on the kitchen counter to see if anything needed topping up and found an old piece of ginger that had sprouted. I found that quite thrilling, that a plant will just appear out of nowhere. In looking up how to plant and grow it, I've found that it's quite a common occurrence to look for pieces of ginger with buds on in the supermarket to start off a home-grown edible ginger plant.
Obviously, I have to try this. Fate has forced my hand.
I have to plant it into a 6 inch pot, covering the ginger piece (rhizome) but leaving the bud just above the surface. The soil should be moisture retentive but free draining. This is especially important for container grown plants where you don't want the soil to either dry out or become waterlogged. I'm using some of my fabulous Wool Compost from Dalefoot (discovered at Chelsea!) as the rhizome likes to be kept moist; the compost is made of bracken and sheep's wool so is moisture retentive, nitrogen rich and peat free - and the best I've found in a long time.
After planting, water the soil and leave in a warm, non-windy spot out of direct sunlight. In this warm summer weather, I can leave it outside but bring the pot into a warmer spot, under cover, when the temperature drops below 50F.
By next spring, I should have a decent sized plant (up to a metre tall, if reports are to be believed) but it's the root (rhizome) that is edible and can be dug up and used as usual, using any new buds on the rhizome to start a new plant. Fresh ginger and a lovely plant in one!
Has anyone else tried this? If so, I'd love to hear how you got on.
|Spiked on a corn skewer, it's true size is about 2cm. |
(Photographed on my tiny balcony.)