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

10 Apr 21, Nozipho (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Which months are good for ginger growing In eswatini
12 Apr 21, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Check on this page www.gardenate.com/plant/Ginger?zone=21
29 Mar 21, Boaz (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Can gingar grow well in coffee plantation planted on a hilly area? Please guide me?
31 Mar 21, (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Needs full sun and plant in the spring.
06 Mar 21, John s (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I would like to grow ginger in pots in Launceston Tasmania would it grow here in winter maybe indoors or should I grow them outdoors in Summer
14 Mar 21, Louise Samuel (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I have been growing ginger in large pots the last couple of years. I plant once we are safe from frost then keep in a sunny position... somewhere that you don’t forget to water. It is slow to come up but does eventually. I stop watering in Autumn and move pots to the deck if frosts are likely. Harvest in winter as you need it. I take everything out mid winter and store in straw in a polystyrene box. Here in the granite belt we get enough sun but way too cold in winter for Ginger, as would be Tasmania
04 Feb 21, Daryn Foxon (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
I would like to start farming ginger. (Gardenate says This site is intended for home gardeners - contact your local agricultural advisor for farming advice)
31 Jan 21, Sonia (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I've bought ginger for 40 plus years of my 60 plus life and each batch gives me 1 or 2 sprouts so last few years I have grown those rhizomes and multiplied. This weekend I harvested about 7 lbs of those babies and many more to go but that will be done around March-April. Going to share some and consume the rest in various forms. Yes I live in zone 9b.
03 Feb 21, (USA - Zone 8a climate)
Local weather conditions come into play, here is only a guide.
29 Jan 21, Tsakani Ellen Shihambi (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
how do i start ginger farming in limpopo province and where do i get seeds for planting and when do i start planting i mean the month. (Gardenate comment: This information is intended for home gardens not farms. Talk to your local agricultural advisor)
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I've bought ginger for 40 plus years of my 60 plus life and each batch gives me 1 or 2 sprouts so last few years I have grown those rhizomes and multiplied. This weekend I harvested about 7 lbs of those babies and many more to go but that will be done around March-April. Going to share some and consume the rest in various forms. Yes I live in zone 9b.

- Sonia

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