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How to Grow Ginger [In the UK and other cold climate regions]

How to grow ginger [UK]. Learn the details of how to grow ginger in the comfort of your own home. It is easier than you think with this full guide.

How to Grow Ginger

Ginger is a flower-bearing plant whose roots or rhizomes have been used as spices or in traditional medicines for centuries. 
The first record of the ginger plant comes from the Confucius analects written in China during the era of warring states (475-221 BC). 

Ancient civilizations likeChina and India used ginger root to treat different diseases such as colds, nausea, arthritis, migraines, and hypertension. 

Ginger roots have excellent anti-inflammatory properties of which modern science also acknowledges. It is proven scientifically that ginger roots can provide relief in cases of nausea, motion sickness, pain, and appetite problems.

You can easily find ginger roots in your local market but, did you know you can also grow your ginger at your home? I mean that's if you wanted to of course. 

You may think it impossible as ginger is a tropical plant and grown in warm climates. Regardless, it is still possible thanks to "Polytunnels".


How to grow ginger in cold climates:

The ginger plant does not require a lot of space to grow, so you can use 6x8 feet polytunnels, which can easily fit into your home garden. 

You can plant ginger outside the polytunnels, but Ginger plants thrive best in warm climates, and polytunnels will provide a perfect environment for your plant!

Inside polytunnels, you can also use a heater to provide ideal tropical growing conditions.


Step 1

You can purchase fresh ginger roots from your local supermarkets. Make sure that you chose healthy and mature roots with growing buds. Growing buds are small nodules, similar to those which grow on potatoes.


Step 2

You need to soak your ginger roots in the water for a day or 2. Supermarkets spray growth suppressors on the ginger to prolong the shelf life, so soaking them in water will help the bud grow properly.


Step 3

After soaking in water, break your roots into smaller pieces ensuring sure every piece has a growing bud. Plant these pieces in a seed tray having moist compost. A good time to carry out this procedure is the end of the winter season. 

After some time, the ginger pieces will start to grow. Sometimes room central heating systems make the air dry, so make sure to spray the plant with water regularly to ensure the best tropical growing conditions!


Step 4

Once seeded, you can transplant these into pots or polytunnels. You will need moist and nutrient-rich soil to provide an excellent growing medium for your ginger plants. 

After 8-10 months, your ginger plants will start to mature in polytunnels. These plants can grow up to 1 meter, so make sure that your polytunnels are of adequate height.


Step 5

After 8 to 10 months, look out for those plants which have dried leaves, it indicates an ideal time for harvest. Ginger roots are grown in clumps so dig the plant out carefully, and take off the ginger roots.

Break down the roots into smaller pieces, keep some for your kitchen and those with healthy growing buds keep them for next year's crop


Key Takeaway

You can grow ginger easily at home if you have ideal growing conditions. You easily can set up a home growing system for year-round production.

If you are finding it difficult to source good quality ginger growing buds, don’t worry, we got you covered! You can visit our product section, where you will find excellent quality ginger roots for your kitchen and home garden.


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