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Ginger Growing Guide

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How to Grow Ginger at Home

Ginger growing is a great way to keep up supplies of this amazing herb, which is part of the same family as turmeric, cardamom and galangal.

Growing ginger isn’t difficult, but it does require some knowledge and effort to ensure the best results. With a few essential tips and tricks, you can successfully grow flavorful ginger with high yields in your own garden. Learn how to plant, care for, and harvest your own ginger here.

So it is native to South East Asia, where people have used ginger for centuries.

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Ginger Growing

Ginger Growing: Choose the Right Variety.

Choosing the right ginger variety for your climate and growing needs is an essential part of successful ginger planting. There are several different varieties of ginger available, each with its own flavour profile and harvesting time.

Different regions may have access to different varieties, so do some research to find out which type might work best for you. Once you’ve chosen the best variety for your needs, you can be sure that you’re well on your way to successfully harvesting high quality ginger from your own garden!

Ginger Growing from Rhizome

Growing from a bulb or rhizome is an easy way to get started.

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Ginger growing in pots

We have a heavy clay soil that is hard in the dry season and does not drain well in the wet season. While it depends on your specific situation, here in the tropics we recommend growing herbs in a pot or a container bed.

Should I grow ginger from a bulb?

Seeds can be difficult to germinate, so grow from a bulb or rhizome if this option is available to you.
ginger rhizomes

Ginger Growing Stages

Time needed: 3 minutes.

How to propagate ginger from a bulb.

  1. Sow: Plant your bulb or rhizome underground when the soil temperature is above 20C (68F).
  2. Water and Sun: Water after planting and water regularly thereafter. Plant in full sun if possible.
  3. Thin: Thin out your seedling so there is at least 30cm (12in) between each seedling.
  4. Mulch: Mulch around your plants to deter pests and save water.
  5. Harvest: When the plant has blossomed, you know the rhizomes are mature enough to harvest.

How to Grow Ginger in Australia

Location and Soil

Ginger should be located in full sun, though partial sun in the afternoon is tolerated.

Ginger can be propagated from a piece of ginger.


Ginger does not need a lot of fertilising. However, you can apply a low-nitrogen fertiliser in spring.


Ginger does not like dry or soggy soil, so try to keep it just evenly moist, with frequent light watering.

Pests and Diseases 

Ginger is fairly pest resistant, but pests include thrips, lesion nematodes and white grubs.

Neem oil is also a great organic way to keep pests at bay.

Harvest Your Ginger Roots When Ready!

When your ginger plants are ready for harvest, you will see the tips of the leaves turn yellow and die back. This is a sign that your ginger roots have grown to their full size and it’s time to unearth them. Carefully dig around the base of the plant and gently pull out the ginger rhizomes.

Depending on your climate and soil type, this may take anywhere from 6-10 months for mature rhizomes. Cut off any dead or damaged parts before storing in a cool and dry place!



Ginger is a root commonly used as a spice in cooking, especially in Asian dishes. It has many health benefits and can help aid digestion, reduce inflammation, relieve nausea, and even boost immunity.


Ginger tea can also be made using fresh or dried ginger root. Adding a little honey to the tea will sweeten the taste and help soothe sore throats and colds.

Health Benefits of Ginger Growing

There is research this herb may also help increase movement through the digestive tract, suggesting that it may relieve or prevent constipation.

Ginger also contains antioxidants that may help prevent or treat arthritis, inflammation, and some other types of infection.

Finally, thank you for reading and good luck with your ginger growing.

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