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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

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

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.
22 Apr 20, Gabrielle (USA - Zone 7a climate)
I'm in Knoxville, Tennessee. Can I grow ginger and will it return next spring/summer?
22 Apr 20, M (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to the 7a zone in USA and check the planting time. THEY do not recommend planting it. It needs warm climate.
21 Apr 20, Rakesh (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I’ve been be lucky with a super strong ginger plant food ginger not decorative) that has been growing for ~>6 months, and bringing up new shoots. The main plant is now flowering and still has vibrant green leaves. Is flowering good or bad? What should I do wait until the plant dies back?
22 Apr 20, M (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Read the notes here about how to plant and grow it.The ginger plant and quite a few others die back in winter but shoot/grow again in the spring. Asparagus is very similar.
06 Apr 20, Maria (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I grow ginger in a greenhouse? I know winter is coming... but I just want to save my shoots...
20 Apr 20, Claudia (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Maria, ginger is a tropical, so it will need to keep warm. If your greenhouse is heated, great! Otherwise, grow it in a pot indoors, in a sunny spot. Not on the window sill, as it can get quite cold at night. Keep it moist, especially if you have the heater on, but don't overwater, as the rhizomes may rot.
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We live on the NSW Central Coast. I had a disastrous year growing ginger this year and most did not shoot. I also grew Galangal which struggled all summer and winter but is now powering on like there is no tomorrow. Does anybody grow Galanga? If so then when is the best time to dig up and divide rhizomes and/or use some for cooking?

- michael

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