Many cultivated varieties are sterile and therefore don’t flower, but this perennial plant’s foliage is what makes it a great tropical addition to your garden. Before we go into how to grow ginger in Fort Lauderdale, we should clarify the terminology — though commonly called a root, technically, the part often harvested for cooking is a rhizome.
The two tropical plants are native to Southeast Asia, have edible rhizomes, and require similar growing methods. Ginger likes fertile soil with lots of nutrients, and the plant loves warm temperatures but not too much sun. Soak a fresh piece of a rhizome in water for one day, then plant it with the buds facing up and cover with one inch of soil. It takes a few weeks for shoots to come up, but don’t worry — the fabulous foliage and fragrant rhizome is worth the wait!
To harvest, remove some of the soil to find a rhizome, cut off a piece, and re-cover to allow the plant to continue growing. The spice is commonly used in Asian and Indian cooking, though it can be added to a variety of dishes—from main courses to desserts and fancy drinks.
A lot of the benefits of ginger are based on anecdotal or historical evidence, but more and more research is being conducted to look into its medicinal properties. So, see how your body feels when you incorporate more ginger into your diet, and avoid exceeding the recommended daily intake of .15 oz per day.