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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.


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

14 Oct 19, Maria (Australia - temperate climate)
I want to buy some ginger ideal for planting. In have it planted but I harvested it too soon and the shoot that remained in ground died out and now I can’t get any in my area to plant it again where can I buy some in melb metro area
14 Oct 19, anon (Australia - temperate climate)
Read the notes here . You can try to grow it in Melb, but you will have a small crop. Buy from a shop.
10 Oct 19, lorraine makar (Australia - temperate climate)
You do not mention where to position plants.Does it require full sun? full shade? morning sun? Evening sun? light shade? Will be planted outdoors in pot. Thankyou
28 Sep 19, Daan Erasmus (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I have tried for months to grow ginger from shop bought ginger. Nothing. Zilch. Please help.
22 Sep 19, Palo Mphethi (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
How do i get ginger seed?
28 Aug 19, Andrew Macdonald (Australia - tropical climate)
I have 2 large 2 metre square sq ginger plants. I want to trim off the dead leaves. can I burn ...set fire to the ginger plant and burn off all dead leaves.
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
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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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