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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 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 root
    Ginger root
  • New shoots of ginger
    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.

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 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

23 Nov 17, Tony (Australia - tropical climate)
Can you plant ginger all year round in the tropics? I plan to plant ginger in stages for a continual harvest.
23 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It does say here don't plant in Dec to Feb - you can only try it. Google and read up about growing ginger.
10 Nov 17, Fiona murati (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I going to try and plant the Ginger now it is budding and got compost which now ginger is in I have watered it I just want to know how long does it take to grow is it (ready) when the leaves die off
13 Nov 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to gardeningknowhow on the net and read up. Takes about 10 mths.
26 Oct 17, Bonnie Fielder (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Need instruction on how to plant inside ,,,,,please ,,,,
19 Oct 17, Laura Dickson (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
Is it possible to grow ginger in the UK
04 Oct 17, Tracey (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have been given a bit of ginger with roots to grow. I stuck it in some water and it is starting to sprout what looks like more bulbs. How deep should I plant it?
06 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Plant about 2-3
27 Aug 17, Geoffrey Page (Australia - tropical climate)
I trying to grow ginger in a large pot but seen to-be doing to well how high does grow my only about 6" high
28 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google - ginger plants - they seem to grow to about 18-24" high. Read about how to grow it. Regular fert each month - not one big hit of fert.
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Google - ginger plants - they seem to grow to about 18-24" high. Read about how to grow it. Regular fert each month - not one big hit of fert.

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