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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 root
  • 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

28 Jun 19, Sona singh (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I want to grow ginger on large scale in cairns Tully area.where to get good clean seeds. Is this good areas to invest. Thanks
30 Jun 19, Liz (Australia - temperate climate)
Gardenate is not a farming or commercial advisory service. For specific advice, please contact your local plant suppliers, gardening groups, or agricultural department.
10 Jun 19, ambrosio dante brito (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Perth WA, I like to know when is the best time to plant Ginger from Rhizome. Many thanks
11 Jun 19, (Australia - temperate climate)
Perth is temperate - in temperate it says can't grow in WA. If you read about ginger it says warm weather - so obviously you would plant in warm part of the year - like late spring early summer.
31 May 19, Janet austin (Australia - temperate climate)
Ginger I take out of pot in cooler months use and store good noddles .in paper pot when warmer....if you leave in pot over winter in garden ..will they survive...if not what is the best way to store....and I do the same above with turmeric...thank you ..jan
03 May 19, Paul Tan (Australia - temperate climate)
1) when is the best time to plant ginger in Melbourne? 2) How can I replant the unused from previous harvest? 3) Should I store my ginger in fridge or in cool dry area?
21 May 19, Geoff (Australia - temperate climate)
Don't pull the plant out. Just dig a little and break off a piece of root as you need it.
19 Apr 19, michael (Australia - temperate climate)
We live on the NSW Central Coast. I had a disastrous year growing ginger this year and most did not shoot. I also grew Galangal which struggled all summer and winter but is now powering on like there is no tomorrow. Does anybody grow Galanga? If so then when is the best time to dig up and divide rhizomes and/or use some for cooking?
24 Apr 19, Peter (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, yes we grow a small amount of Galangal all year round in Brisbane coastal, once established you can just dig an outer piece off anytime its required.
07 Mar 19, Catherine Hogan (Australia - temperate climate)
I would love to grow fresh ginger but am concerned that my particular local climate might be against me. I live in northwest Sydney in Kellyville and we get stinker summers and really cold and sometimes, frosty winters. I'm thinking pot grown is probably the best so that I can move it around during extremes of weather. I've bought some ginger from the supermarket but now think I should have waited till Spring. Can I start it now? What is the best approach when growing from a chunk purchased at the supermarket? regards Catherine
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