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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

20 Nov 19, Litlhare Sarki (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
can fresh ginger from either nigeria,china or india grow in south africa
21 Nov 19, anon (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Plant some and see if it grows.
14 Nov 19, Rachael (Australia - temperate climate)
Wash well & freeze-u can scrape the skin off with a teaspoon when frozen, or if the skin isn’t an issue, just grate with a box grater or similar
10 Nov 19, Mary Shute (New Zealand - temperate climate)
How deep do you plant ginger?
11 Nov 19, (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Try an on-line search 'Growing ginger in NZ'
17 Oct 19, Mr. Nic MILLS (Australia - temperate climate)
Dear Sir or Madam, Where in Australia can I buy HEIRLOOM GINGER PLANTS to go in my garden in Newcastle NSW ??? Thanks, Nic ( 0417 657 120 ) By mobile would be the best way to give me the info please.
18 Oct 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I suggest you do some searching on the internet. If you can't find any go to your supermarket/green grocer and buy some.
16 Oct 19, John (Australia - temperate climate)
I’d like to grow ginger in planter boxes in a full sun location. Sydney NSW location. Does ginger tolerate warm to hot soil situations?
19 Nov 19, Gary (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
John I feel as long as they have plenty of soil and water. I grow mine in a double bucket arrangement and I do better than a guy up in budrem in the ground. I get about 1.4 to 1.9 kgs per bucket hope this helps. Gary P.s. I'm on Mid Nth Coast region.
18 Oct 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Read the notes here about growing it. The first short sentence.
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