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 20°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 15 cm 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

10 May 21, Danny (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Can I grow ginger in enclosed environment, like tunnels and shade cloth houses
15 Apr 21, Santi (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I would like to plant ginger & garlic in Hillcrest , KZN Plse advise , planting months. Thank you
15 Apr 21, Liz (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Check the information here
13 Apr 21, Michael (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi I live in Blackbutt Queensland can I grow ginger up here and where can I find all the information I need to do so
14 Apr 21, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
NO probably. Work out what CLIMATE ZONE you are, then check the planting guide. Read all the article here about growing it.
10 Apr 21, Nozipho (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Which months are good for ginger growing In eswatini
12 Apr 21, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Check on this page
29 Mar 21, Boaz (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Can gingar grow well in coffee plantation planted on a hilly area? Please guide me?
31 Mar 21, (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Needs full sun and plant in the spring.
06 Mar 21, John s (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I would like to grow ginger in pots in Launceston Tasmania would it grow here in winter maybe indoors or should I grow them outdoors in Summer
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