Ginger is an exotic tropical plant native in the warmer regions of the world, especially Asia and the Pacific Islands. However, many households in the US have been able to plant Turmeric in their own vegetable patches and indoor gardens. Wisconsin is a not-so-warm state but with an ample late spring and summer warmth that is conducive for growing ginger. Most of them grow ginger in order to make homemade spices, turmeric, and even ginger wines, ales, and beers.
If you are a Wisconsin gardener who’s planning to have some ginger pots in your backyard or your window ledges, here are some tips you can follow to grow ginger in the area.
Choose Organic Gingers for Replanting
You can replant those ginger roots bought from the supermarket. However, most of them are treated with an anti-sprouting agent in order to maintain their quality and longevity in the market.
This would also disallow faster development of shoots when replanted compared to those organically prepared and sold in the regular or farm market. Organic gingers are not chemically-preserved, but they do not wilt when given enough nutrients to regrow and develop their sprouts, roots, and leaves again.
Choose Larger, Hollower Pots
Make sure you use a 14-inch wide pot that is deep enough to support the growing ginger roots and hold the ginger leaves together. This can also grow three ginger plants simultaneously.
Choose Quality Loose Potting Soil
When you pick a potting soil, make sure it’s not utterly moist or terribly dry. A well-drained potting soil can support the nutrition and water needed for the plant, shoots, and roots to grow properly.
Place It in a Location Where it Can Receive Enough Sunlight
If placed indoors, put your ginger plant pot near the window but not totally exposed to sunlight. Even on any source of light, ginger plants would grow better with less of them. However, don’t let yours stay too much in the shadow.
For outdoors, place your ginger plant in a warmer location. While the plant really enjoys the sunlight, you have to regulate its exposure to the sun, especially during the midday to afternoon sunshine. This is because it could potentially dry up soil nutrition and slow down the photosynthesis process of the ginger plant.
Harvest them During the Starting Weeks of the Colder Seasons
Although you can reap ripe ginger mid-summer, it is highly recommended to harvest ginger during the early autumn season. This is the time when the ginger leaves start to whither. Ginger shoots are already well-developed during this season, so you can harvest it right from the pot or from your garden patch.
If you are now on the search for a good ginger rhizome to plant or replant, choose those that have a lot of nubby buds. You can cut a longer ginger rhizome to make many ginger plants. However, make each cut has two buds to grow the leaves and roots from it.
Are you eager to start planting your own ginger plants? Start applying that ginger planting lesson now, and enjoy a good ginger ale while waiting for harvest time soon!