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 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 May 23, paul feldman (USA - Zone 6b climate)
Will ginger grow as a perennial In zone 6b ?
08 May 23, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The guide here says it won't grow in your climate zone.
10 Apr 23, Heidi Ruede (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I have at this time of season ( April ) a small sprouting ginger root. I believe it is not the right time of season to plant it into my vegetable garden. What am I going to do with this root? Please advise. I am living in Cape town with winter rains. I really would also appreciate directions how to plant it best. Thank you very much for your helpful advise. Looking forward to your response. Kind regards, Heidi
19 Apr 23, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You could maybe plant it in a pot and protect it from excess rain, then plant out in the spring.
01 Dec 22, Sue Spencer (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I m trying to grow some store-bought ginger suspended over water half in and half out. It has some nice looking knobs but so far has not sprouted after almost 2 months. Should I give up or put it in the ground or just cook it. Haha.
04 Dec 22, Linna (Australia - temperate climate)
Ginger is usually sprayed with a growth inhibitor so it doesn't shoot up (if store-bought). Soak for 24 hours in water and rinse off. Then plant nice plump pieces of it. They are a slow grower so about eight to ten months.
18 Nov 22, Dee (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can you grow ginger from shop bought ginger in the supermarket?
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.
18 Nov 22, Ruth A Hersh (USA - Zone 9a climate)
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).
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