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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

28 Feb 20, Rebkah Medina (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in the South East of SA. Would I be able to grow ginger and turmeric? Will I have to make shade for them?
01 Mar 20, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
It doesn't give planting times here for ginger so you may not be able to grow them. Look up growing turmeric on the internet. Read the notes here I think it says ginger needs warm/ hot weather.
20 Jan 20, Kelly (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello I live in Perth any chance of growing outside this will be .?
17 Feb 20, Veronica Cook (Australia - tropical climate)
I have successfully grown ginger and have got my 2nd batch growing. We chose a large pot for the 1st lot as the plant grows sideways as the corms grow, this 2nd batch we have the 2nd lot we have put in larger containers. We live in Mandurah
15 Jan 20, Alan (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi, does ginger need full sun, semi - shade or full shade? Where does it do best? How many hours of sunshine will best help ginger growth.
16 Jan 20, Anon (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I suggest you use google,
05 Jan 20, Tebogo Mafafo (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Where can one find ginger for planting
14 Jan 20, Anna (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Tebogo I am growing ginger from a piece bought at my local Spar. I broke off a few pieces with growing tips on it and planted in well-composted potting soil. They have sprouted and so I eagerly await my harvest next year :-)
06 Jan 20, anon (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Look up seed selling websites on the net.
26 Dec 19, Tolani (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can I grow ginger in Botswana in a place surrounding Gaborone? What are likely prospects?
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Young ginger will taste mild while old ginger will taste more fiery. When you harvest your ginger root, was it the 'young' or 'old' part of the root?

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