Florida Woman’s Ginger Harvest is the Talk of Reddit!

You know, after spendin’ two years lookin’ at all sorts of ginger in my research, I finally decided to give growin’ my own a whirl! It’s been a real hoot, and I just had to share it with all you plant lovers out there, especially you folks new to the gardenin’ game.


It all began with a trip to the grocery store. I picked out a plump, firm ginger root with those little bumps, which are actually the “eyes” or buds where new growth starts. After a few days of letting it air out and dry slightly, I cut the ginger into pieces, each with at least one eye.

Here’s a tip for beginners: don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Gently dig a shallow hole in a pot filled with well-draining potting mix. Place each ginger piece with the eye facing upwards, then cover it lightly with soil. Remember, ginger likes things warm and moist, so keep the soil damp but not soggy.

Patience is key with ginger. It might take a few weeks, but eventually, you’ll see tiny green shoots poking through the soil. As the weeks turned into months, my ginger plants grew taller, with lush green leaves swaying gently in the breeze. It was incredibly rewarding to see them thriving!


Here’s another thing I learned: ginger thrives in warm weather. As fall approached, and the temperatures dipped, the leaves on my plants started to turn brown and die back. This is a natural sign that the ginger is ready for harvest, usually around eight months after planting.

Armed with a trowel and a healthy dose of excitement, I carefully dug around the base of the plant. There, nestled in the soil, were my very own ginger roots! They weren’t giants yet, but the feeling of harvesting something I’d nurtured from a grocery store root was truly special.

There are a couple of ways to approach harvesting. You can take what you need right away, leaving some of the rhizome underground to continue growing for another harvest. Or, you can dig up the entire clump, just like I did. The beauty of ginger is that you can replant a piece with a few eyes, and keep the cycle going!

This year, I decided to harvest everything and start fresh later in a larger container. That way, next winter, I can simply tip the pot over and hopefully be rewarded with a bounty of homegrown ginger!

My first ginger harvest
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Growing ginger from scratch has been an eye-opening experience. It’s surprisingly easy, requires minimal maintenance, and the reward is fresh, fragrant ginger straight from your own garden. So, if you’re looking for a fun and rewarding project, I highly recommend giving ginger a try!

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