Ginger is a heat loving tropical plant. If you live in a cool or cold northern climate you will only be able to grow ginger indoors as even summer temperatures are too cold for this sensitive root. Ginger is not a fast growing plant so the first year you may see little reward. In the second year the ginger plant should produce a flower. Ginger plants produce beautiful flowers and are fun to watch grow on your windowsill or covered porch.
Chose a ginger root that has small fresh green buds on it. Fresh ginger can be purchased at most grocery stores.
Fill a planting pot with compost. If you do not have access to a compost pile you can buy it is small bags from most garden stores.
Bury half the ginger root in the compost and pat down the soil around it.
Water the newly planted ginger root thoroughly and keep the soil damp throughout the spring and summer months.
Place the ginger root in a warm sunny spot inside such as a windowsill, covered porch or warm greenhouse.
In the fall the ginger plant will die back. Discontinue watering and let the soil dry out over the winter.
In the spring resume watering and the plant will begin to produce shoots again.