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 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

11 Jan 21, Enoch (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I want to know how to grow ginger and garlic.
12 Jan 21, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Google - how to grow ginger and the same for garlic in your country.
04 Dec 20, Peter (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it possible to grow ginger in western central Wheat-belt region of Western Australia, (Beverley)? Average temp is 26C and rainfall is 400mm. I have water for irrigation.
01 Jan 21, Deborah (Australia - temperate climate)
Yes you can grow ginger. Best in a ceramic pot with rich composted soil. Early morning sun then full/dappled shade. Likes water, mist the leaves on very hot days. Plant rhizomes in Nov/Dec. When the leaves start to die off around June stop watering. You can harvest in Spring.
07 Dec 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It suggests here that you can't. You could try a small area/few as a trial. Planting time would be the guess work, maybe plant spring to have a crop autumn winter.
25 Nov 20, S. Aidoo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Which is the best fertilizer for ginger
26 Nov 20, (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Any common garden fert will do.
12 Nov 20, Jay Singh (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi Which month can I plant garlic?
16 Nov 20, (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Go to the ginger page, set the climate zone to semi arid and read the whole article here about growing it.
11 Nov 20, Jay Singh (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi Can I plant ginger in pots in November?
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Your older dried ginger is not as spicy? or are you comparing young ginger which is mild compared to older dried ginger? In Thailand you get dishes with fresh young ginger stir fried as a vegetable as it is nice and mild and not fibrous.

- John

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