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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 68°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 inches 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 root
  • New shoots of ginger

Ginger is a warm climate plant. It can be grown indoors 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 large pots indoors. Ambient temperature needs to be 25 - 30C (75-85F)

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Ginger

Use in any recipes requiring fresh ginger. Widely used in Asian cooking, it is hot without the 'burn' of chilli.

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

19 Aug 19, lyric (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
what is the cultivar of the edible ginger. what type of diseases and pest that affect ginger.
17 Aug 19, Johanita (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I live near Hartbeespoort, and bought fresh ginger at Jasmyn - I'm going to try if it will grow!
01 Aug 19, Ian (Canada - Zone 4b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Have you any advice on soil pH for ginger?
01 Aug 19, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
A pH of 6.5 should be good for ginger
22 Jul 19, Stephen (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in the Mildura area, can I grow ginger in a hot house and when would I plant it? Thanks
25 Jul 19, (Australia - temperate climate)
Think of sub tropical and plant when they plant. You can only try.
28 Jul 19, Stephen (Australia - temperate climate)
Why didn't I think of that, Thanks
02 Jul 19, Jane (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
I have a healthy piece of ginger and I want to plant it. I suspect my question is really stupid but here goes. On one piece I have a healthy green shoot about 2 inches. Do I plant this with the green shoot facing up or down?
15 Jul 19, Gordon (Canada - Zone 6a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Hi Jane, For most root tuber, the shoots will be reaching upwards to get above the soil to start gathering light energy while using the stored energy in the root. You probably see that the shoot is green so it already has the chlorophyl ready to start working. After the root tuber starts seeing some sucess from light harvest and finds itself in damp soil-lke conditions it will likely start generating the root hairs and larger branching roots to pull in new moisture and nutrients as the plant grows. So plant the ginger with the shoot facing upwards and it should have less work to reorient itself. Whether your root piece is just a finger shaped log or has multiple branches, just dig a shallow wide hole to lay the root down in. ( Like a hotdog or a cookie laying on a plate.) Not a deep narrow hole. The whole root should only be about 2-4 inches deep. Have fun, Gordon
28 Jun 19, Sona singh (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I want to grow ginger on large scale in cairns Tully area.where to get good clean seeds. Is this good areas to invest. Thanks
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Most ginger that is purchased in a grocery store Is steamed to keep it from rooting or sprouting and give it longer shelf life. It will not grow or sprout. I store my ginger In a sealed plastic container and If it gets a little fuzzy I just rinse It a little with fresh water and Its fine. One day i had a piece that started to root so I put it on the window sill in a bowl on a wet paper towel and got a sprout. I think this variety looks a bit like Tai ginger so it may be imported and escaped the steaming.

- T. Smith

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