I read a post on Facebook in December about growing Ginger. I happened to be going to our local Co-op that day, so bought a root of organic ginger. After thawing out the compost brought in from the garage, and soaking the root in water overnight, I then planted the root just below the surface of the soil, and began waiting for something to happen.......and waited.......and waited........and waited. It took several weeks before I saw the first buds breaking through the soil.
I began taking photos of their growth every few days....some days I saw noticeable growth from the day before and when I saw that 3rd little bud peeking through the soil, I documented it immediately!
Soon after that, bud number four broke through the soil!
Once the buds peeked through, they grew quickly!
I must admit at this point that I had not researched anything beyond what I had originally read about day it is to grow ginger in pots. I was focused on getting the root planted and growing that I hadn't found out what it even looks like when fully "leafed out", or even how tall it will get! :)
Before I forget.....for those of you wondering about the coleus plant behind the potted ginger root, I gave up watering it awhile ago. It would have these nice shoots and then they would just wilt and keel over. I should just remove it and put it in the compost.....perhaps now that I am writing about it, I will follow through and do that, eh? ;)
The ginger is really looking "grass like". This photo was taken a few days ago......
And this one I took this morning. See what I mean about quick jumps in growth?
I figured that while I was writing this post, I should include some info about growing ginger, etc. Here is a link for those of you interested in growing some, too. http://herbgardens.about.com/od/indoorgardening/a/How-Can-I-Grow-My-Own-Ginger-Root-Indoors.htm
I'm including a photo that I found online, as well, so you can see what a more developed plant looks like.
If you do pot up a root, please let me know how things go for you. :)