Ginger is one of the most popular medicinal herbs. It’s used in Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and other traditional medical systems worldwide. There are many uses for ginger including its antiseptic properties, anti-inflammatory effects, blood sugar lowering effect and even weight loss benefits.
Growing Ginger Plants: How To Plant And Care For Ginger
The first thing you need to do when growing ginger plants is to choose the right location. You don’t want your ginger plants to suffer from frost damage or die because they’re not planted properly. The best place for your ginger plants would be a sunny window sill with plenty of light. If you have a basement or crawl space, then it might be better if you plant them in there.
When choosing where to plant your ginger plants, keep in mind that the soil needs to be well drained so that the roots can get enough water. A potting mix will work just fine. Once again, make sure the soil is loose and moist but not soggy.
In terms of watering your plants, don’t over water them. Make sure that the soil has proper drainage or else your ginger plants will suffer from root rot. Just make sure the soil is moist and not soggy when you water them.
Another important thing that you need to keep in mind is the temperature. The ideal temperature for growing ginger plants is between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18-24 degrees Celsius). It will be a lot easier to grow them if you can provide them with this temperature range.
If you don’t have a place in your home that fits these temperature requirements, then it might be better if you plant ginger in pots and keep them somewhere that fits this criteria.
The next thing that you need to do is to make sure that your ginger plants get at least 8 hours of sunlight every day. If you can place them somewhere close to a window that gets a lot of sunlight, then this will definitely help your ginger plants grow a lot better.
After the ginger plants are fully grown, you need to harvest your crop when the rhizomes begin to firm up and develop a golden color. Now you can use a knife to cut the rhizomes out of the soil.
It is best if you allow them to dry for about a week before you use them. You can also store them in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 weeks. If you want to store them for a longer period of time, you can place them in the freezer where they can last for about 6 months.
When growing ginger plants, you also need to make sure that the plants receive enough nutrients and don’t suffer from nutrient burn. You can side dress your ginger plants with a good fertilizer or you can flush them with compost tea every 2 weeks.
Harvesting And Storage Tips For Your Ginger Rhizomes
When harvesting your ginger roots, you need to make sure that you dig up the entire plant. This means that you should remove the leaves, flowers and stems as well. The first step is to cut off any leaves that are near the base of the plant.
Next, you can cut off the flower stalks and any other stems that grow away from the main roots. Make sure you cut them off right at the base. Now you can grab hold of the main rhizome and gently pull it out of the soil. You can cut off any remaining stem and then you can remove the outer layer of the root to expose the cream colored flesh that is found underneath.
You can dry your ginger in a number of ways. One way is to scrape off the skin and then slice it into thin coins. You can then lay the coins out onto a screen and leave them in a warm, dark location until they are dry.
If you want to dry larger pieces of ginger, then you should first peel and chop it up into chunks. You can then lay the chunks out onto a screen and dry them in a similar fashion to the way you dried the coins.
When drying ginger, it is important to make sure that it is completely dry. If it isn’t, it can become contaminated by molds and other things which can make you sick. It is a good idea to turn the ginger over every once in a while so that all sides get an even chance to dry out.
Storing your ginger root for future use is easy. You can keep it in glass jars or other airtight containers out of direct sunlight.
You can also grind up your dried ginger and then store it in an airtight container. You can use the ground ginger immediately or you can save some for later. Some folks prefer to store the ground ginger in the refrigerator because it helps to keep it fresh. This works well if you don’t use a lot of ginger at one time. However, ground ginger will last longer if you place it in the freezer.
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