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How do you plant ginger?

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Plant ginger by purchasing a ginger hand at a grocery store, preparing the root, finding a good location and planting the roots, or rhizomes, into the ground. You need ginger and a knife.

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How do you plant ginger?
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  1. Purchase a ginger hand

    Find a hand of ginger with many outcroppings, or fingers, that are plump. Make sure the hand you choose isn't wrinkled or dried out, as this produces less appealing ginger.

  2. Prepare the root

    Remove the fingers from the ginger root to separate out the rhizomes. The pieces need to be 1 to 2 inches long and have at least one bud.

  3. Dry out the roots

    Place the ginger in an area where it can dry out.

  4. Choose a good planting location

    Choose an outdoor planting location that has full or partial shade and well-drained sandy soil. The climate needs to be hot and humid with a soil temperature of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit and a minimum outdoor temperature of 77 degrees. In cooler climates, plant the ginger in pots that can be brought indoors during cold weather.

  5. Prepare the soil

    Dig a hole or furrow that is at least 12 inches deep.

  6. Plant the rhizomes

    Place the rhizomes 15 inches apart in the furrow so that the eyes are facing upward. Cover them with at least 1 inch of dirt.

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