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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.


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

12 Jun 18, Andrisa (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Where can I order zingiber officinale root in South Africa?
02 Jun 18, Soumya Chowdhury (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
We want to grow ginger in pot , what should be the ideal size of pot? How can we prepare the soil , what should be the mix and proportions of garden soil , compost and other manure ? What will be the best time ( months) to plant ginger in Canberra ? We will be happy to receive your valuable advice . Regards.
07 Jun 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It is a warm climate plant and you want to grow it in Canberra - cold.
01 May 18, hannah (Australia - temperate climate)
can you grow ginger in may sa
08 May 18, Joe Graham (Australia - temperate climate)
I have just pulled my first jinger plant that i grew in a large pot. it was my first attempt . While it was not a great success there is enough for me and will be enough also for the neighbours. also there are six little pieces that will grow on to be next years crop. I will let them dry a little and plant them when new shoots appear. plant in pot in full sun . cheers and good luck
02 May 18, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
If you read the notes here there is no planting guide for temperate climate as Ginger is a warm weather crop. If you live in a warm temperate area it might be worth a go or as it says here grow in doors. Plant later in the year like sub tropical.
02 May 18, Hamsa (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
If you already have ginger roots, don’t buy them if you don’t have, put 1 root in each pot and put the pot under cover and keep watering, you have a higher chance of sprouting in spring
28 Apr 18, Anneliese (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
After digging ginger how do you store it until replanting and how long will it keep
30 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Also go on the internet and type in how to grow ginger in Qld (???).
30 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
From the notes on this website about growing ginger. "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" LEAVE it in the ground if you haven't dug it up already. If dug up -probably best to store in a cool dry place over winter. .
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The ginger does nothing during spring for us, it only starts sprouting in December, so no harm trying

- Hamsa

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