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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

Your comments and tips

29 May 17, Garry (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi ,my block is near wakerie south Australia. I would like to grow ginger, what kind of ginger would be appropriate for my farm. Thanks
30 May 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
By the calculation above you probably can't grow ginger there. Look at Veggies and herbs above - pick ginger - put in temperate climate and read about it.
30 May 17, Ken (Australia - temperate climate)
There are two varieties of ginger available in Australia - 'Canton' and 'Queensland'. Canton is the most common. Just buy some rhizomes from a good fruit shop.
31 May 17, Ken (Australia - temperate climate)
I have grown ginger in the Latrobe Valley and we get quite a few frosts. I would wait until Spring to plant it when the weather has started to warm up. Use a good sized tub to reduce the chance of big temperature fluctuations in the growing medium. Buy a piece of ginger from a green grocer that has a number of buds on it and is nice and firm. Plant it just below the surface and wait for a couple of weeks for it to emerge. Ginger and Turmeric like plenty of manure and moisture but will not tolerate wet, soggy soil or FROST. Putting a plastic tent or cloche over it in the Spring would help. A piece of silver builders insulation paper fixed to a frame behind it would also help by radiating heat. All the best.
15 May 17, Gugu Balfour (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi, my ginger yields very small rhizomes after the whole year on ground. What should I do to increase size of rhizome?
23 May 17, Chris (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Hi, have a look at the colour pink is good. Dynamite comes in small packages. Hope that is the case, busy with pickled ginger , have become addicted addicted addicted addicted.
15 May 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Adding lots of old, rotted manure and mulch will help. The manure will provide nutrients and the mulch will help save water. Ginger also needs a good supply of water to ensure good, plump roots.
09 May 17, (Australia - temperate climate)
I live i south Australia. I live in the Murraylands. I have bought some ginger which still have the tops on them. Can I plant them now. Or do I have to wait until September. If I have to wait., how do I keep the ones I bought for planting out in Spring.
10 May 17, Giovanni (Australia - tropical climate)
You could plant them now but if you have frosty winters you may be better to store them in a pot of damp sand until spring.
21 Apr 17, Dan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hey im looking in planting ginger on my block its on the mid north coast of Australia what would be the best type for this area?
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