Grocery Store Gardening: Ginger & Turmeric
Can we re-grow grocery store Ginger and Turmeric at home? Yes, the process is long but rewarding.
What you’ll need:
· Ginger (organic preferred)
· Turmeric (organic preferred)
· Room temperature Spring Water
· 2 Clamshell Containers (Strawberry, Blueberry, etc. containers)
· 2 2-gallon containers
What’s the process for growing Ginger & Turmeric?
Purchase organic Ginger & Turmeric. Non-organic Ginger & Turmeric is sprayed with a root inhibitor, which will make the process propagation (growing roots) process long.
When purchasing ginger to re-grow look for:
· Plump and fresh piece of ginger with multiple with several nodes (bumps)
· Ginger and Turmeric that is bright in color
Soak the Ginger & Tumeric overnight in 1-inch of water.
Put 1-inch of potting soil in the clamshell container, and plant the Ginger & Turmeric in separate clamshell containers.
This will create a temperature-controlled environment to encourage new growth from Ginger & Turmeric.
Note: Keep the soil moist at all times.
Get the 2 2-gallon containers, and add organic soil to the containers to prepare for transplanting the Ginger & Turmeric.
You should also consider adding natural soil enhancers like:
Within 6 to 8 weeks, you will begin to see sprouts emerge from the Ginger & Turmeric.
Transfer the Ginger & Turmeric from the clamshells into separate 2-gallon containers with drainage holes.
Plant the Ginger & Turmeric 4 inches deep into the 2-gallon containers, and keep the sprout tip above the soil.
Place the 2-gallon containers outdoors in a spot with direct sunlight for at least 6 hours or indoors by a sunny window with at least of 6 hours of sunlight.
Note: Ginger & Turmeric grows best in 60 – 90 degrees weather.
Continue to water the soil, and feed the soil with organic plant food and natural fertilizers.
After 6 months, early Fall, the Ginger & Turmeric should be ready to harvest.
Harvest from the bottom carefully uses your hand to push up Ginger & Turmeric.