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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.


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

20 Mar 18, Phil Akers (Australia - temperate climate)
I live very close to Mount Annan Botanical gardens in New South Wales and I grow Ginger every year in large pots very well. I am going to plant some in my garden next spring and don't see why it shouldn't grow just as well. I always use pelletised chicken manure, blood and bone meal and a good helping of compost and keep well watered.
12 Mar 18, Andre Bester (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
will ginger grow Hydroponic, what chemical must be used. want to plant in a tonnel
10 Mar 18, Emily (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Hi good day, Please may I know what type of sand to use to plant ginger and where do I get/buy them from? Also are egg shells a good substitute for sand. Thanks lots for your help! Have a lovely day!
06 Mar 18, Bill Thomas (USA - Zone 6a climate)
Can I grow Ginger in my area and where do I get a plant or seeds. Thanks!
20 Feb 18, JOE TURNBULL (Australia - temperate climate)
Can i grow all year around or can i leave in the ground and it will reshoot ?
02 Mar 18, Hamsa (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Harvest ginger once the leaves die that usually happens in winter and leave some with roots in the ground for next year harvest A gardener told me, if I needed ginger before harvest time, break the ginger from the side of the main plant
20 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - tropical climate)
I suggest you read the commenst here about growing and harvesting ginger - it has it all here.
30 Jan 18, Stanley van Der Berg (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
how to plant and when,wild mountain Ginger.
27 Feb 18, Sheena (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Based on my personal experience, any time and just as long as there is an eye or shoot, just stick it in the ground facing have always grown hassle free.
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.
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Can you plant ginger all year round in the tropics? I plan to plant ginger in stages for a continual harvest.

- Tony

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