Growing Ginger

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(Best months for growing Ginger in Australia - 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

17 Sep 20, Partap singh (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
i would like to know that is Griffith NSW is good area to Grow ginger please.
10 Oct 20, Paul (Australia - temperate climate)
You might find this article useful https://planyourpatch.com/how-cold-hardy-is-ginger/
18 Sep 20, (Australia - temperate climate)
No you need warm temps for it.
10 Jun 20, Yggy (Australia - temperate climate)
If you cut a piece off the root in the soil, isn't the part left exposed where you cut susceptible to rotting? I heard somewhere to leave the plant to harden the area a bit before planting, but i don't know how that is meant to work in the soil..
11 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
You say you are temperate and by this guide they don't suggest growing in temperate. Best grown in tropic and sub-tropic. Plants are pretty tough sometimes. 2 options, break some off and leave the piece in the ground exposed to the air to dry. Or don't water it for a few days/week or so.
14 Sep 20, Sandy (Australia - tropical climate)
I grew ginger in an aquaponics set up in Perth. So it depends on where your temperate zone is. Full sun planted about now will give you results. Maybe not as good as tropical areas, but pretty good anyway.
17 May 20, Sally (Australia - temperate climate)
May I plant ginger now — mid-May?
23 May 20, Teresa (Australia - temperate climate)
Depending on where you live? It’s too cold for Melbourne now. Ginger should be planted in October.
22 Apr 20, Gabrielle (USA - Zone 7a climate)
I'm in Knoxville, Tennessee. Can I grow ginger and will it return next spring/summer?
22 Apr 20, M (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to the 7a zone in USA and check the planting time. THEY do not recommend planting it. It needs warm climate.
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