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

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.
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.
29 Oct 20, Anonymous (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
Ginger is a warm/hot weather crop. When you go to a vegetable in your climate zone and there is no recommended planting months it means you probably can't grow it where you live. Read up about how to grow it on the internet. Can grow in the ground or pot. A pot probably about 40-50cm would do.
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?
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