How to Plant Edible Ginger Root


Edible ginger root is a common ingredient in many Asian and Indian dishes. Ginger root is available all year in the produce section of most grocery stores and can also be grown at home. Learn how to plant a piece of ginger root and grow your own ginger plant indoors.

Step 1

Select a piece of fresh ginger root. The ginger root, which looks like a small, knobby, gnarled brown vegetable, should feel firm and smooth. In addition, it should be free of mold or any soft spots and have a fresh and somewhat spicy fragrance.

Step 2

Slice off a two-inch-square piece of ginger to plant. The piece of ginger will grow fastest if it has some small brown "eyes" on the top of it.

Step 3

Select a container in which to grow the ginger plant. It should be at least four times wider than the piece of ginger that you will plant inside.

Step 4

Fill the pot or planter about three-quarters of the way full with rich, moist potting soil.

Step 5

Place the piece of ginger root flat on top of the soil and cover with an inch of soil.

Step 6

Set the potted ginger root in an indoor spot that gets ample sunlight during the day. Water the plant regularly to keep the soil moist. When sprouts begin to shoot up from the planted ginger, move the container to an area where it will receive bright, indirect light.

Step 7

Once the plant's leaves have died back (about eight to ten months after planting), you can harvest the ginger. Dig up the entire plant and store the ginger root in a cool, dark place until needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh ginger root
  • Pot or container for planting
  • Potting soil


  • Growing Ginger Root
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Julie B. is a professional editor and freelance writer with a bachelor's degree in English and journalism. She writes about motherhood, pregnancy and parenting; travel; gardening; and cooking, among other topics, for a variety of print and online publications.