Growing Ginger

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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

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.
23 Apr 22, Clyde (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
02 Apr 22, marco (Australia - tropical climate)
i live on the gold coast .my ginger is starting to flower . i have harvest some and all i do is clean slice thin .then freeze in bag.
30 Mar 22, SHERLYN RICHARDSON (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Hi can i grow ginger in zone 8b (Gardenate: Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 8b regions)
30 Mar 22, Alseny Dabo (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I am looking for the planting ginger
20 Mar 22, ron (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
bought some youngish ginger at the bundy markets today if i plant now 21/3/22 will it still grow over winter.thetemperature never goes below 8to10 degrees centrade
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