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

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.
07 Sep 20, Dee (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
Hi, in my 8a zone do I need to plant ginger in a pot always, or can I have it planted directly in the ground? And if I can plant it in the ground, when is the best time? I planted a few store bought ginger, and they are starting to grow about 15cm tall in a pot, do I need to move it to bigger and dipper pot? Thank you for answering my questions.
21 Aug 20, Piet van Vreden (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can you give me the total hight that the ginger plant grow under normal growth
25 Aug 20, (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
- 2-3 feet.
19 Aug 20, DJ (USA - Zone 7b climate)
Can I plant ginger in August?
20 Aug 20, Anon (USA - Zone 7b climate)
The monthly calendar guide at the top of the page has no P T S in it. That means that you probably can't grow it. It needs a warm/hot climate.
19 Aug 20, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Have a look at this page www.gardenate.com/plant/Ginger?zone=114
28 Jul 20, Litlhare sarki (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
can you please tell me where i could buy the yellow ginger seedlings,quantity and price for 1 hectare
28 Jul 20, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
You need to contact an agricultural supplier for that information
24 Jun 20, Huiarei Reihuia (New Zealand - temperate climate)
After the harvest season, can ginger be left in the ground for following season of growth?
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Hello I live in Perth any chance of growing outside this will be .?

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