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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 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 root
  • New shoots of ginger

Ginger is a warm climate plant. It can be grown indoors 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.


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 large pots indoors. Ambient temperature needs to be 25 - 30C (75-85F)

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Ginger

Use in any recipes requiring fresh ginger. Widely used in Asian cooking, it is hot without the 'burn' of chilli.

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

15 Feb 19, Peter (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I grow ginger successfully in 'foam' boxes from the green grocers. I use a shallow style box with good drainage holes. Use a good potting mix and I mulch the top. I water regularly and liquid fertlize. Ginger doesn’t need full sun all day. Mine don't get the hot afternoon sun. I live north of Brisbane.
18 Feb 19, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I do the same to grow some greens - lettuce beetroot spinach -(I'm doing this right now- germinated last week) . I had 3 boxes - heavy when full of soil, so I cut some of the top off. I place some shade cloth on the bottom, then mix up some good soil and compost. Top it off with 25 mm of fine potting mix, plant my seeds and more potting mix to cover the seeds. I place them under a shade cloth cover. I water by using a 6 liter sprayer - the spray doesn't dislodge the seeds. Seeds are planted very thick and when grown you just cut the top off and let it regrow. I use a worm castings fertiliser and when bigger a water fertiliser solution. Can do this also to germinate seeds for seedlings. Bundaberg - sub tropical
21 Jan 19, Carl (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Hi Rudolph The Ginger root may have been imported and that means the roots have been irradiated to kill off soil pathogens. Although edible the root will not grow ever. If you do buy root from a shop - try Woolies, they mark it when locally produced. Alternative is to look for a root with clear signs that it is starting to grow nodes (greenish horn like on the sides of the rhizome). If you cannot get any this way, go to Livingseeds and buy good quality when they do stock them - availability based on the season.
04 Jan 19, Jyotika (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
What month is best to plant ginger in new Zealand
09 Jan 19, Mike (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Set your climate zone - pick the vegetable you want to know some information about and then read all the information here about it. Most of the information you need is here - when to plant, how long to grow it, when to harvest. Read it and read it again and again until you understand it. Then read the last 20-30 comments here about that vegetable. It's pretty simple stuff and remember it is only a guide. Like they recommend planting a lot of vegetables now in January - I don't plant anything in Jan - Feb (in sub-tropical Aus) because it is too hot, windy and the chance of huge amounts of rain. Better to leave it until March/April. If you need more info GOOGLE IT.
06 Jan 19, Mike Logan (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Did you read this at the top of the page. Under ( ? )
04 Dec 18, Tessa (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
For those asking, subscribe to the newsletter. They sell ginger, turmeric and galangal(starting feb '19) and the newsletter will inform you when they're in stock again. Livingseeds has always been high-quality and very informative.
03 Dec 18, George (Australia - tropical climate)
I cut the ginger seed rhizome into small pieces about 20-25 g, and planted into the soil in late October. They emerged in late November. The shoots looked weak, and leaves curved. They had experienced very hot weather during the period when they started to emerge. I'd like to know how to manage the heat and irrigate them during the extremely hot weather? I look forward to your advice. With thanks!
04 Dec 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sorry I replied about garlic. Read the notes here about growing ginger. Plenty of water but have good draining soil. If you like make a shade cloth cover.
03 Dec 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Did you read the notes here? Read the first sentence.
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It does say here don't plant in Dec to Feb - you can only try it. Google and read up about growing ginger.

- Mike

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