Ginger – Growing Thick Roots

Q: I planted a root from a piece of ginger that I had purchased. The plant is in a small pot and is doing well. How will I know when to harvest it?

A: If your potted ginger is indoors, I doubt that it has enough roots to make an entree. Ginger likes to grow in full sunshine and will reward you with many thick roots if it’s placed there. To check my prediction, simply pull the plant out of your pot and check the roots. If there is something to harvest, several thick white rhizomes should be running around the interior of the pot. Since ginger is sometimes not winter-hardy, keep it indoors for winter but take the pot outdoors in April.