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

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?
19 Oct 20, Matthew EVERITT (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
My property is in Northern Burg at 5000 feet with deep Hutton soil. Acid and well leached. 800mm annual rainfall. Phosphate deficient. What would I need to do to cultivate Ginger Maize needs about 6t of lime and 6t phosphate per ha
20 Oct 20, Anonymous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Are you doing a home garden?. If home you need to seek some advice from agricultural company about amending your soil so it is suitable to grow ginger.
17 Sep 20, Partap singh (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
i would like to know that is Griffith NSW is good area to Grow ginger please.
10 Oct 20, Paul (Australia - temperate climate)
You might find this article useful https://planyourpatch.com/how-cold-hardy-is-ginger/
18 Sep 20, (Australia - temperate climate)
No you need warm temps for it.
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