Growing Ginger

Zingiber Officinale : Zingiberaceae / the ginger family

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a 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

03 Nov 22, GB (USA - Zone 9a climate)
Can ginger be grown in greenhouses (raised beds, plastic coverings, warmers as needed) in zone 9a? Have access to great soil, lots of water and high humidity.
12 Nov 22, Julie (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I am very successful growing ginger in my 9b raised beds and clay succulent planters (a 2ft shallow clay pot you see at garden centers with annuals or cacti growing in them). I sow knobs I've purchased at the market (no problem with them sprouting) in the springtime though; as the summer heat comes on, I make sure to water every day. Just make sure you butt the broken off end against the side of the container, and allow the front part of the plant to grow forward towards the center of the pot. (Hopefully that makes sense).
16 Oct 22, marco (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
ginger growing now gold coast queensland .
15 Oct 22, Janet Burchill (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
how long after planting will it break through soil and sprout thanks
17 Oct 22, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Soil needs to be 20-30 degree - may be next month.
06 Oct 22, Dennis (USA - Zone 8a climate)
I am in Zone 8a (Columbia, SC). Can I grow gingers outside all year around? Do you have any tips on growing gingers in Zone 8a?
10 Oct 22, Anonymous (USA - Zone 8a climate)
Gardenate doesn't recommend growing it anytime in your climate zone.Probably too cold.
03 Sep 22, marco (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
ginger is good sub tropical gold coast ....i have frozen my ginger . i have cleaned peeled then cut into fine strips ok .freezer bag .
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.
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Is dit nodig om winkel gekoopte gemmer eers in water te lê voordat dit geplant word? Is it necessary to lay store purchased ginger in water first before planting?

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