How to Successfully Grow Ginger at Home

Growing ginger at home can ve very useful, as ginger has amazing properties and uses all around the home. In the next article, we'll give you 8 simple steps to get your own ginger root growing.
How to Successfully Grow Ginger at Home
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 27 May, 2022

We already know about ginger’s amazing healing properties. Very few medicinal plants have such a therapeutic tradition as this spicy, lemon-flavored root. Would you like to grow your own ginger at home?  It’s very easy, we’ll explain how in this article!

Why should you grow ginger at home?

Lemon and ginger refreshing drink

1. Because it’s easy

  • You might think that ginger is an exotic plant that only grows in the East, but the truth is, this isn’t just a plant, but a rhizome, which can be cultivated indoors and outdoors. It is a simple tuber, easy to grow, and you could use in in salads, sauces, garnishes and in delicious infusions.

2. For its therapeutic properties

  • Ginger is a great anti-inflammatory, perfect to ease the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome. It alleviates water retention and is a good relaxant. It may also help relieve pain.
  • Ginger helps to absorb the nutrients from the foods you eat a lot better.
  • It is a great digestive.
  • Eating a little bit of ginger with honey will help reduce nausea, intestinal gas, and eliminate stomach cramps.  It’s a wonderful root.
  • Preparing ginger tea will alleviate your sore throat, cold and even some flu symptoms. It’s very effective.
  • Taking a bath with ginger essential oil helps to reduce joint pain.

How to grow ginger at home

Ginger root

You’ll be surprised by how easy it is. All you need to do is go to the store and choose a piece of ginger that looks thick, with firm skin. Try to pick one that doesn’t have many wrinkles or withered areas. Definitely pick one that seems fatter than others. Also, look to see if the skin is bright and a light beige color.


  1. Get the dirt ready in the pot. The pot should be wide since ginger likes to grow under less-intense light, almost between sun and shade. The soil should be moist.
  2. The soil should be loose and contain one part sand per three parts soil. Place rocks in the potting soil for proper drainage. Mix everything well and fill the container to three quarters of its capacity.
  3. Now make a hole in the soil and place half a piece of ginger inside the dirt. Find the sprouts in the ginger, that’s the part that should be buried.
  4. Once that’s ready, place the pot between sun and shade, or with indirect light. Remember that ginger likes heat, which means planting it in the spring or summer is perfect.
  5. Make sure that you have good drainage underneath. It’s important to water it every day but checking that the water doesn’t pool.
  6. Ginger roots take roughly 10 months to grow before they’re edible. It’s important to wait two more weeks after seeing the stalks growing. Then you can then look underneath the surface to see the rhizomes.  They will probably be small, but they’re ready for consumption.
  7. You can plant as much ginger as you like. With soft light, heat and a little bit of water everyday, you will have a delicious and spicy root in less than a year. You’re going to love it.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.