Growing Ginger Could Not be Easier

It seems that I am on a growing from scratch kick today. This time it is a short tutorial on growing ginger.  If you’re looking for an easy plant to grow indoors Ginger is the one for you.

Growing ginger is easy and makes a Fun Kid's project

Growing Ginger is a fun DIY gardening project for the kids.

All you need to grow ginger is a piece of ginger root.  In no time at all, you will have a ginger plant growing.

Start by soaking the ginger root over night in warm water. This will get the root ready for planting.

Place a piece of the ginger root into some organic potting soil.

Make sure the newest buds are facing up.  It is best to use organic ginger from the store or farmer’s market.  Some of the regular ginger sold in the stores is treated not to sprout.

Place the pot in filtered light, but not in direct sunlight.  (This makes it great for growing indoors, so the kids can be see it growing nearby.)  

Unlike the other plants we’ve talked about so far Ginger enjoys filtered light.

Soon enough you will begin to see new growth sprouting up.  This means the roots are starting to form under the soil.  

After the plant gets used to its new home you will be ready to harvest the ginger again for another one.

Pull the entire plant out of the soil and cut off a the pieces you need, and just replant it like you did initially.

As an added bonus for you Ginger makes a great house-plant.

If you have it in a pot outside, and live outside of the warmest zones, be sure to bring it indoors before the frost hits.

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There are lots of other foods that will re-grow into more food for free.  I’ve written a whole article on this topic.  To read about other foods that will re-grow from kitchen scraps, see this post.There are lots of foods that will regrow from Kitchen scraps. See how to turn your kitchen left overs into more food.

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  42 comments for “Growing Ginger Could Not be Easier

  1. Cherie Goulet
    01/24/2014 at 5:49 am

    I planted ginger, but never knew when to harvest. Still don’t have an idea. Do I harvest when it sprouts? How long do I wait?

  2. admin
    01/24/2014 at 4:24 pm

    Once it has been growing for a while, you can pull it off, cut off what you need and replant it. It will keep growing. It only needs a small piece in the soil for it to grow more. I would leave it a little while after sprouting. This just means the roots are growing, but not that it is ready. Maybe a month?

  3. shelia
    07/01/2014 at 5:22 pm

    what type of soil sould we use

    • admin
      07/01/2014 at 11:56 pm

      Hi Sheila

      Any normal potting soil will work. Carol

  4. Che'ri Baker
    09/18/2014 at 6:13 pm

    Do you need to start with organic ginger?

    • admin
      09/18/2014 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Che’ri I would use organic. Much of the ginger (and garlic) sold in the stores has been treated not to sprout. The organic ginger is not treated this way. Carol

  5. Nanna T. Jensen
    11/07/2014 at 12:39 pm

    Hi ! I’m getting ready to grow some ginger in my kitchen window. One question, though. How deep do you plant the ginger ? And do you cover it with soil ?

    • admin
      11/07/2014 at 5:46 pm

      HI. It depends on the size of the pot you put it in but basically yes, cover it with about an inch of soil, or so. Just be sure there are “eyes” on the ginger and have them pointing upwards in the pot.


  6. dee
    04/26/2015 at 7:59 pm

    I have four pots of ginger growing and harvest pieces for making tea weekly. I bought a root at the grocery in January and divided it to plant. took a while to start growing but now it’s great. It was inside until the weather warmed and is now on a covered deck.

    • admin
      04/26/2015 at 10:36 pm

      Hi Dee. glad to know it works for you.

  7. Helyn
    06/10/2015 at 1:08 pm

    How do you get “eyes” on the ginger? The ones at the grocer don’t have any.

    • admin
      06/10/2015 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Helyn. Most ginger at the store has been treated not to reproduce, but organic ginger will sometimes have visible eyes. This is the type that will work. Carol

      • vicki johnson
        08/03/2015 at 1:15 am

        How much water do you give it? Keep it moist? Mine has brown tipped leaves. I don’t know if I am giving it too much water or too much sun.

        • admin
          08/03/2015 at 10:59 am

          Hi Vicki. The most common reasons for brown tips on leaves is not enough water (will eventually spread to whole leaf) but I also get them outdoors from too much sun. I water when the soil is dry at about the first knuckle and give it bright light but not direct sunlight all day. Carol

  8. Trish
    08/24/2015 at 1:43 pm


    When you harvest the ginger do you break off what you need in such a way that the green growth above the soil line is not disturbed? Just a little bit confused about how to do this.

    Thanks and I look forward to growing my own ginger,

    • admin
      08/24/2015 at 8:33 pm

      HI Trish. The ginger that you plant will send up shoots and leaves. Often, near the soil, you will see some knobs that can be safely cut off without disturbing the roots.

      Ginger is a bit like asparagus. If you don’t harvest it the first year, you will have a better crop in subsequent years.


  9. Alana
    10/28/2015 at 6:00 pm

    I jusat bought some ginger from the farmers market. I am soaking it in water now and cant wait to see how this turns out!!! Thank you for all the information

    • Carol
      10/29/2015 at 9:54 am

      I have a plant growing now. It’s fun to watch it take form.

  10. Lola
    01/18/2016 at 8:13 pm

    My ginger was growing well outside in 1 gallon pots until it got too cold. Now the leaves are all dried and brown. Should I just let it sit? Should I cut off the shoots and leaves? Will it sprout again when the weather warms up?

    • Carol
      01/18/2016 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Lola. Ginger is a tropical plant, so if you leave it outside when it gets cold, depending on where you live, it might not come back in the warm weather. I keep mine in a pot and bring it indoors before frost. (I live in NC.) Carol

  11. SandiA
    03/16/2016 at 11:02 am

    One thing you need to be aware of: ginger can be invasive just like horseradish. It spreads, so best to put it in a pot if you live in a warm climate where it can live through the winter outdoors.

    • Carol
      03/16/2016 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks for the tip Sandi. Appreciate your advise. Carol

  12. CrystalH
    03/22/2016 at 9:55 am

    How long from the time I plant my organic ginger indoor should I expect it to start sprouting?

    • Carol
      03/22/2016 at 10:26 am

      Ginger is a slow grower, no matter what type you plant. You should expect some shoots 2-3 weeks after planting if all goes well. It does best when it has grown enough for the plants to crowd the pot. Once growing it is best harvested when the leaves are starting to die down, (about 8-10 months) although it is possible to get some at 3-4 months if you are lucky. CArol

  13. 03/28/2016 at 9:56 am

    I did grow some of this at one time but got stymied by when to harvest it to use. Thanks for the great tips, Carol!

  14. Carol lindboe
    05/29/2016 at 10:11 am

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    I had know idea you could grow ginger from a plant in a store, but not just any old store. your readers asked excellent questions and because of them and your answers I feel confident enough to grow my own ginger. I would imagine this ginger blossoms into a plant with flowers if it were left to grow? Thank you for your terrific post about ginger.

    • Carol
      05/31/2016 at 11:02 am

      Yes, it would most likely flower eventually. Carol

  15. calvert
    06/23/2016 at 7:46 am

    I am about to start my first try at growing ginger, i never thought this culd be so easy. I also am going to start up a small aquaponics system, could ginger be grown in a aquaponics or hydroponics setup?

    • Carol
      06/23/2016 at 10:30 am

      Hi Calvert. I have never tried growing it this way, but most plants can be grown via hydroponics. If you try it and it works, please let us know. Carol

  16. T.J.
    08/16/2016 at 9:10 am

    Your discussions about ginger roots having “eyes” remind me of a joke my father loved to tell every spring when we were working in the garden about an old farmer who continually had to tell his wife, “Lizy, git yer drawers on; them taters has eyes!” (There’s a song about times in our lives that goes, “You’re gonna miss this…” Truer words were never spoken.)

    • Carol
      08/16/2016 at 9:42 am

      How cute! Thanks for sharing T.J. Carol

  17. Jc.le blanc
    01/02/2017 at 8:34 am

    My wife and I use a lot of ginger.this is great information .Thanks

    • Carol
      01/03/2017 at 10:07 am

      Good luck growing a plant! Carol

  18. fred
    08/09/2017 at 8:18 pm

    hi-this is me first to post here,I’ll like to know when cut ginger at place where other
    (branches)already started ,then left in a jar till roots shows,than planted in pots will
    it grow to new ginger plants? has anyone tried that ?

    • Carol
      08/10/2017 at 9:14 pm

      HI Fred. Yes, if it has grown roots, it will likely grow into new plants. Carol

  19. 06/18/2018 at 6:16 am

    Yey, fantastic article, I love ginger tea and cookies! Thanks, Carol for this DIY ginger project, will write to you if I have questions during the process if it`s ok with you!

  20. Pankaj
    08/09/2018 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Carol . I am interesting to grow ginger but I always confuse by articals different people tells different. I live northwest sub. Of Chicago.
    My question is Ginger need direct sun light or not in summer time and what to do in winter time . Could you please take little time and guide me what to do ?

    • Carol
      08/09/2018 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Pankaj. I think the confusion comes from the fact that there are a few types of ginger. Wild ginger which is common in North America can tolerate colder temperatures and will also tolerate full shade. Tropical ginger, on the other hand, likes full sun and warm temperatures.

      As far as winter goes, tropical ginger needs to come indoors unless you are in a tropical zone. The wild ginger can remain evergreen even in some quite cold climates. Carol

  21. 04/02/2019 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for this article. I’m going to try this method with turmeric as well since ginger and turmeric are ‘cousins’ to each other. I may even try some outside all year to see how possible it is. 🙂

  22. 12/01/2019 at 4:04 am

    Why opinion about growing ginger don’t remain same among all growers. I often wonder that everyone has something new to share when it comes to ginger or beatroots.

    I am planning to grow ginger and i was overwhelmed by the different opinion by different people but after reading this article it seems satisfying and i’m gonna follow this one only.

    thanks for share mate.

    • Carol Speake
      12/03/2019 at 12:47 pm

      I’m glad you found the article useful Edwin.

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