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

26 Nov 21, Dir.k klyn (Australia - temperate climate)
Any body growing black ginger it comes from thailand china areas
10 Oct 21, Angela (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
What went wrong? I planted the ginger buds and they shot up nicely and showed promise but when I wanted to harvest the roots were rotten. Too much water ??
11 Oct 21, Anon (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Good draining soil is required - water only 2-3 times a week and give good fertilising. Plant and harvest the right time.
11 Oct 21, Sassy (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Turmeric and Ginger rhizomes don't like wet feet. They need nutrient rich but well draining soil. You might consider adding some sand to the soil to encourage drainage.
20 Sep 21, Robert Katz MD (USA - Zone 10b climate)
Is there a ginger plant that grows in Zone 10B ? Is there a blueberry bush that will survive in Zone 10B? Many Thanks, rk
04 Nov 21, Jean-Claude (USA - Zone 10a climate)
I am in zone 10a and have been growing ginger successfully for a few years now. I usually start my plants around February.
11 Sep 21, Sandra BOND (Australia - temperate climate)
what is the botanical name for the ginger that is best grown in warm temperate Sydney (Gardenate : Zingiber Officinale)
28 Aug 21, Mashudu Nephalama (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
1. a) Which crops, and b) in which months can be favorably grown around Niani Area : Makuya-Tshikondeni Mine-Pafuri? 2. In mind I’ve got garlic, ginger, butternuts, baby marrows, squash, tomatoes and pepper? 3. My land portion is 1ha clay soil (bore hole) and separate 3ha sandy soil (bore hole).
01 Sep 21, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Look up the planting times for the vegetables you are thinking about. Also look up on the internet how to grow all of these crops. Start out with small plots first until you learn what to do.
26 Aug 21, ED AND DIANE (USA - Zone 9a climate)
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