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Zingiber officinale (Ginger)

Growing Ginger In The Home Yarden 

Ginger is a great herb to add to the home garden.  We bought a couple of 'hands' of ginger at Winco to see if we could get some to sprout.  All instructions say that buying ginger from the store provides iffy results, so I decided on a head to head competition of Winco ginger sprout versus some ginger bought from a garden center (

Zingiber officinale (Ginger)

August 5, 2017

After all this time, I don't know which of the ginger rhizomes sprouted, but I don't care.  It finally sprouted and that's all I need to know.  We have some underground activity to make all the ginger we could want and not have to go to the store again...  If we don't kill it...

I don't know what happened to the first sprout in March.  It stalled out and did nothing, I guess.

March 25, 2017
Zingiber officinale (Ginger)

As it turns out, the first sprouter was from a piece of ginger left out on the island for a couple of weeks until it grew a bud.  It was put in a little pot with some soil and after a week we have a green bud starting.

All the others seem to be sitting around still, like lumps under the soil.  The others were moved into the little greenhouse where the humidity may be kept up a bit more for a while and more regular watering can be applied (as has been for this one leading sprout).

March, 2017

Following instructions, the ginger rhizomes were placed in water to plump up.  Within 24 hours, the ginger swelled up tight with water (center and right rhizome).  Just to be sure nothing would be going in the ground to rot, I kept it in the water bowl to look for signs of greening and protruding 'eyes'.

Zingiber officinale (ginger) Eye Sprouts
After two days, we have confirmed signs of life. A green tone has been cast on part of the fat rhizome section and the little nodes started protruding further from the main chunk (shown on right).

At least one person has successfully sprouted ginger in just water to start with, and maybe I will continue with this a little longer to see how many eyes will pop over the entire rhizome.

The starter plant was purchased today, so we should receive it in late February to continue with the head to head competition.

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