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 Jul 21, marco (Australia - tropical climate)
when should i look at putting ginger root into the ground.i live on the gold coast queensland.
20 Jul 21, Narendra Sen (Australia - temperate climate)
August/September is fine. In fact you could put them in the ground anytime now. I did it a week back as a trial and I can see the eyes are very prominent. So the germination process has begun. I am in SE Qld.
29 Jun 21, Bongiwe (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I’m staying at Eshowe at North of KZN.I like to grow ginger I’m small farmer. (NOTE from Editor: Gardenate is not intended for farmers - try an agricultural advisor)
02 Jun 21, Avhapfani (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
where can I get a seed of ginger
23 Jun 21, (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Use the ginger bulb.
30 May 21, Priscilla (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Can I grow ginger in Limpopo around Thohoyandou?
29 May 21, Mr Anseer Man (USA - Zone 6a climate)
Buying ginger at Asian markets usually gives you bettrr shoot production than chain stores. In zone 5,6,7 start them indoors in large peat pots in February. By May they will be ready to go out, cover at night, frost does the real damage, short bursts of freezing temps will not kill the root. They sprout back quickly if fertilized aggressively.
16 May 21, Ivin Sifunda (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Can I grow ginger in the Mpumalanga, South Africa around the eHlanzeni region in Mbombela?
10 May 21, Danny (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can I grow ginger in enclosed environment, like tunnels and shade cloth houses
10 May 21, (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Shade cloth houses will make the plants thin and weak. It says to plant later in the year.
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Can I grow ginger in a greenhouse? I know winter is coming... but I just want to save my shoots...

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