Growing Ginger

Zingiber Officinale : Zingiberaceae / the ginger family

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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

02 Jul 22, Gary (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I pulled some of my ginger the other day nicely formed and a bit hot but no flavor it was organically grown in 20 litre bucket as I always do and on a lot of organic matter straw sheep poop and Coconut Coir. Where oh where did I go wrong any suggestions would be greatly received. Gary
05 Jul 22, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
Putting all these things in to make your soil is probably an over kill. Straw will grab a lot of the nitrogen to break it down, starving the ginger. Coconut coir and sheep poo would do the same. It all needs to break down first. When making up a soil use composted material with soil and maybe a fine potting mix. I used a 200l plastic drum cut in half to grow turmeric. Mixed up some soil and compost 50 50 and 3/4 filled the drums. Then put compost on the top. Seems to have worked.
07 Jul 22, Gary (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thank you for the Info I can see what your talking about makes a lot of sense again thankyou.
01 Jul 22, CJ (Canada - Zone 5b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
HELLO THERE I AM SO HAPPY TO FIND YOUR SITE BECAUSE THIS IS CANADIAN AND I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO GROW MY OWN VEGETABLES AS I AM A BEGINNER & I LIVE IN A CONDO SO EVERYTHING HAS TO GROW IN POTS I AM HOPING I WILL YOU BE ABLE TO TEACH ME - THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE CAN I PLANT GINGER NOW?
05 Jul 22, Anonymous (Canada - zone 4a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Read all the info here and do a lot of research on the internet about growing veggies and in pots. This site is a self help web site. Work out your climate zone and then look up different crops for when to plant in the calendar guide near the top of the page.
24 May 22, Alfred Bezuidenhout (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Is dit nodig om winkel gekoopte gemmer eers in water te lĂȘ voordat dit geplant word? Is it necessary to lay store purchased ginger in water first before planting?
26 Apr 22, Maseipati Kolobe (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I'm interested in planting ginger So i would like for advice and guidance
02 May 22, Anonymous (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I assume you are semi arid, so go to the ginger page and read all the notes there.
02 Apr 22, Litlhare Sarki (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Where can I buy ginger seedlings to plant 100 ha in South Africa
08 Apr 22, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Check with a government agricultural dept.
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Just put lots of compost in soil and plant ginger. You may have to wait for two years before you can dig ginger out. Within two years there will be enough big ginger formed.

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