If you love cooking with ginger, you really should grow some. It is easy to grow in pots and makes an attractive, tropical-looking container display up to 1m tall. Here’s how.
- Buy a plump, healthy ginger root (rhizome) from an organic grocer. You can use it whole or cut it into 5–10cm pieces, making sure each section has an ‘eye’ or bud (the little knobbly bits), as this is where shoots will form.
- Fill a pot with a 5:1 blend of premium potting mix and coir peat, for extra moisture retention. The pot needs to be at least 30cm wide and deep.
- Plant the rhizome 2cm deep. If planting smaller pieces, space them about 20cm apart. A 30cm pot can comfortably support one large rhizome or three small ones.
- Allow the mix to dry out a bit between waterings. Gradually increase watering after the rhizomes shoot, which is usually a month or so after planting.
You’ll find more details about growing ginger in a pot, including when and how to harvest, in the October 2020 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.