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Growing Ginger

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Allan Report 21 Sep 2012 22:11

A few months ago I saw on a gardening programme how to grow ginger from a cutting of root placed in water (similar to how you can propogate an avocado).

The programme showed the mass of roots, and stems that had developed 'after two to three weeks' and the young plant could be transferred into the soil.

Suitably inspired, I tried the technique.

The first piece of root rotted!

Undeterred, I tried again.

Some twelve weeks later I have four roots breaking through, the longest of which is about 1/4 of an inch, and a couple of pimple like eruptions on the upper side of the root which could be shoots as they have taken on a green tinge.

Mind you when things go mouldy they also take on a green tinge!!

Talk about watching paint dry, or more in keeping with the gardening theme, watching grass grow :-| :-|


Tecwyn Report 21 Sep 2012 22:34

Hello Allan,

You are unlikely to have any success trying to grow ginger in water :-0.

Look for pieces of ginger root with "eyes" or little "horns" showing if possible.

Plant the root in compost with good drainage, and place in a warm place. A sunny window sill is a good place - but not too hot.

Keep moist, but not wet.

I have done this several times - good luck.

Remember - patience is a virtue, and I know what a virtuous chap you are :-D.

Hope you are well,


LadyScozz Report 21 Sep 2012 22:40

Good advice Tec!

Allan ~ persevere! Home grown ginger is SO much better than the old stuff in the shops!

When I get a ginger root I cut it into smallish pieces & keep it in a jar, covered with sherry (in the fridge).


Allan Report 21 Sep 2012 22:42

Thanks Tec

We have tried all ways to propagate ginger but without success, so when I saw the programme that showed how it could be done in water I thought I'd give it a go.

It's just taking a long time.

Mind you, I think that the prog. was probably shot in summer, but it did appear to work very well. As we are slowly, very slowly emerging from winter here it is still cold and miserable (in fact we are still having gale force winds and heavy rain. It has been like this for two days now. Today's top temp in the SW is 16C)

Everything is fime with us and we are in the middle of decorating. We are finally throwing out some furniture that we brought out from the UK 30 years ago :-(

I hope tah all is ok with yourself and the Duchess




AnnCardiff Report 21 Sep 2012 22:58

I read your title and thought you were growing ginger hair!!! this sounds interesting I thought and then :-S


Allan Report 21 Sep 2012 23:10

Lol Ann...just one of life's more disappointing moments :-D :-D :-D

Even when I try to be serious people still look for the joke :-(


PricklyHolly Report 21 Sep 2012 23:15

I am more concerned about Allan's "Pimple Like Eruptions!!" :-0 :-0 :-0


Allan Report 21 Sep 2012 23:30

I have a poetic turn of phrase :-D


PricklyHolly Report 21 Sep 2012 23:42

Please keep your poetic turn of phrase to yourself Allan.

I can't be thinking about your festering pustules at this time of night!! :-|

:-D :-D


Allan Report 21 Sep 2012 23:43

How dare you talk about my OH like that :-D :-D


PricklyHolly Report 21 Sep 2012 23:51

Please don't.............cut her up into smallish pieces and keep her in a jar, covered in sherry in the fridge!!!

Fer gawd sake!!! :-D


Allan Report 21 Sep 2012 23:53

lol PH :-D :-D

That would probably be the only way to get my OH pickled! She seldom drinks alcohol.
I make up for it, however :-D


PricklyHolly Report 22 Sep 2012 00:10

My friends call me can call me Prickles. ;-) :-D


Allan Report 22 Sep 2012 00:11

Hint taken Prickles :-D


Allan Report 25 Nov 2012 07:36


Ginger has finally sprouted! :-D

the problem is both shoots and roots have emerged from the same point. Do I pot the thing on on its side? :-S

Weird, but interesting :-D


Carolee Report 25 Nov 2012 08:15


Hi, I'm glad you have succeeded in sprouting your ginger, well done you :-D
Although I don't have an answer for your conundrum, I just wanted to say G'day, I haven't spoken to you in yonks!

I hope you and OH are well :-)



SueMaid Report 25 Nov 2012 08:57

Don't talk to Allan, Carole - he's a bad influence :-D


Carolee Report 25 Nov 2012 09:11

:-D :-D Sue, is he lol I'll have to talk to him some more then ;-)


Allan Report 25 Nov 2012 11:25

Hello Carolee :-)

Both OH and myself are fine. Thank you for asking :-)

Ignore Sue, she's a bad influence (not) :-D :-D


Barbra Report 25 Nov 2012 12:24

Germoline is good for little pimples ;-) you sound like a ginger nut :-) Barbra x