Growing Ginger

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Ginger in Australia - sub-tropical regions)

P = Plant root

  • 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 plant
  • Ginger ready to harvest
  • Ginger root
  • New shoots of ginger

Ginger is a warm climate plant. It can be grown indoors in pots 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 pots. The best growing temperature is around 25 - 30C (75-85F)

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Ginger

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

11 Sep 21, Sandra BOND (Australia - temperate climate)
what is the botanical name for the ginger that is best grown in warm temperate Sydney (Gardenate : Zingiber Officinale)
30 Jul 21, Ravina (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi, I got half acre ginger in ground, and didn’t looks much better, Can we leave that in ground for next time picking or pulling ? Please advice.
28 Jul 21, john massey (Australia - tropical climate)
I am planting ginger now in central Queensland -have done for a few years now-i plant in an area that will give some shade /relief from the summer sun -my seasons are changing almost every year by just a bit -rain does not always come when you need it and when it does it floods (seems to be way at moment) so I have gone with soil temperature as the best guide as all the planting guides are quite often only a just that -A guide-also have installed raised beds and have pipe over the top which I cover to deflect constant heavy rains from drowning plant and leaching soil of nutrients....constant and never-ending change keeps me on my toes..cheers John
17 Jul 21, marco (Australia - tropical climate)
when should i look at putting ginger root into the ground.i live on the gold coast queensland.
20 Jul 21, Narendra Sen (Australia - temperate climate)
August/September is fine. In fact you could put them in the ground anytime now. I did it a week back as a trial and I can see the eyes are very prominent. So the germination process has begun. I am in SE Qld.
04 Sep 21, marco (Australia - tropical climate)
hi .i live on the gold coast a back yard garden have set aside about 1 metre area for my ginger. i have spent the last 2 months mixing soil with leaf and grass clippings . light water system everyday. i went to my local green grocer and picked up some really nice ginger at a better price by 10 dollars a kilo. from main players ! today being 04/09/2021 i planted my ginger less than a inch down and then put organic sugar cane inch thick over the top then i put some blood and bone over the top . i hope i get some good ginger.i will let everyone know if it works out .fingers crossed
26 Oct 21, marco (Australia - tropical climate)
ginger is sprouting out now .looking healthy. looks like i will get a good crop. live on the gold coast .
13 Apr 21, Michael (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi I live in Blackbutt Queensland can I grow ginger up here and where can I find all the information I need to do so
14 Apr 21, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
NO probably. Work out what CLIMATE ZONE you are, then check the planting guide. Read all the article here about growing it.
06 Mar 21, John s (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I would like to grow ginger in pots in Launceston Tasmania would it grow here in winter maybe indoors or should I grow them outdoors in Summer
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