How to Grow Ginger Indoors


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.

Step 1

Chose a ginger root that has small fresh green buds on it. Fresh ginger can be purchased at most grocery stores.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Bury half the ginger root in the compost and pat down the soil around it.

Step 4

Water the newly planted ginger root thoroughly and keep the soil damp throughout the spring and summer months.

Step 5

Place the ginger root in a warm sunny spot inside such as a windowsill, covered porch or warm greenhouse.

Step 6

In the fall the ginger plant will die back. Discontinue watering and let the soil dry out over the winter.

Step 7

In the spring resume watering and the plant will begin to produce shoots again.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting pot
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Compost


  • National Botanical Garden of Wales
  • KEW Royal Botanical Gardens
Keywords: herbs, tropical, ornamental

About this Author

Pricilla Bell has been a freelance copywriter and journalist for five years. She has studied herbal and alternative medicine with noted herbalist Susan Parker. Pricilla Bell is currently pursuing a degree from Boston University. Bell has been working with Demand Studio since March 2009 writing articles about herbal and alternative medicine.