Enjoy this ornamental houseplant for its beautiful foliage, then savor its tasty roots.
Ginger plants grow up to 3 ft tall and make stunning houseplants, as well as providing tasty edible roots that you can use fresh or freeze. It's not hardy except in very mild climates, so grow it indoors, taking it outside only for the summer.
Choose a ginger root with pale knobby eyes, which will grow into shoots. Fill a pot with potting mix and plant the ginger, just covering the eyes. Water well, and keep in a well-lit spot.
When shoots appear, move it out of direct sunlight, and repot the plant as it rows. In summer, take it outside and feed weekly with liquid fertilizer. In autumn, allow it to dry out and the foliage to die back. Harvest the roots but keep a piece to grow again next spring.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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