Growing Ginger

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Not recommended for growing in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions

  • Plant pieces of fresh root showing signs of shoots. Best planted at soil temperatures between 20°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 15 cm apart
  • Harvest in approximately 25 weeks. Reduce water as plant dies back to encourage rhizome growth.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Grow in separate bed
  • Ginger plant
  • Ginger ready to harvest
  • Ginger root
  • New shoots of ginger

Ginger is a warm climate plant. It can be grown indoors in pots in cool/temperate areas. To grow well it needs lots of water and nutrients. Prepare the soil by adding compost which will retain some moisture but not get saturated. Add a small amount of sand to ensure drainage. Water regularly in summer to keep moist. In a pot, in addition to watering to keep moist, water ginger about once a fortnight with a seaweed or other liquid fertilizer. This perennial will die down in autumn. Remove the dead leaves. In spring lift the root clumps and break them up into smaller pieces to replant.

Harvesting Ginger

You can harvest ginger root after the plant dies down in winter, digging around the plant to cut off a piece of the older root. The young root with shoots is the actively growing plant and should be left to resprout.

You can also carefully dig down under the plant through the growing season to cut off bits of the older root for use, just be careful not to disturb the rest of the plant too much.

Let plants become well established before harvesting - it is often best to wait until the second growing season.

Make sure that you have edible ginger. Ginger plants sold in nurseries are usually decorative varieties and not suitable for eating.

Ginger can be grown in pots. The best growing temperature is around 25 - 30C (75-85F)

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Ginger

Ginger root freezes well either whole or grated, and can be used direct from the freezer in most recipes requiring fresh ginger.

Your comments and tips

28 Jul 20, Litlhare sarki (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
can you please tell me where i could buy the yellow ginger seedlings,quantity and price for 1 hectare
28 Jul 20, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
You need to contact an agricultural supplier for that information
24 Jun 20, Huiarei Reihuia (New Zealand - temperate climate)
After the harvest season, can ginger be left in the ground for following season of growth?
25 Jun 20, Anonymous (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Gardenate does not suggest growing ginger in NZ temperate climates, maybe not warm enough. If you are going to try to grow it read the notes here, your answer is in the notes.
10 Jun 20, Yggy (Australia - temperate climate)
If you cut a piece off the root in the soil, isn't the part left exposed where you cut susceptible to rotting? I heard somewhere to leave the plant to harden the area a bit before planting, but i don't know how that is meant to work in the soil..
11 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
You say you are temperate and by this guide they don't suggest growing in temperate. Best grown in tropic and sub-tropic. Plants are pretty tough sometimes. 2 options, break some off and leave the piece in the ground exposed to the air to dry. Or don't water it for a few days/week or so.
17 May 20, Sally (Australia - temperate climate)
May I plant ginger now — mid-May?
23 May 20, Teresa (Australia - temperate climate)
Depending on where you live? It’s too cold for Melbourne now. Ginger should be planted in October.
10 May 20, Sipho Babama (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Who are the suppliers of ginger seedlings or seed in south Africa? Any farm that i can visit that is currently planting ginger?
11 May 20, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Type in where to buy ginger in south Africa in google. Some people say to use supermarket ginger.
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I suggest you do some searching on the internet. If you can't find any go to your supermarket/green grocer and buy some.

- anon

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