How to Grow Ginger in Australia

Ginger is a perennial herb that grows in warm climates. It is grown using rhizomes (roots) and can produce a crop within 12 months of planting. In this article, we explain how to grow ginger …

Ginger is a perennial herb that grows in warm climates. It is grown using rhizomes (roots) and can produce a crop within 12 months of planting.

In this article, we explain how to grow ginger in Australia and include tips to make your ginger growing season a success.

In what parts of Australia can you grow Ginger?

Ginger grows in most parts of Australia but it prefers a warmer and more humid climate.

This tropical plant will grow slower in cold climates, so if you live in a cooler area you may benefit from growing ginger in a pot.

People who live in warmer climates can plant directly into the soil.

What time of year should you plant ginger?

The best time to plant ginger depends on the climate of your region.

For example, in cold or temperate climates, the best time to plant ginger is late spring to early summer so the ginger can grow during the warmest months of the year.

In warmer regions, you can plant ginger anytime throughout the year—but ideally, avoid planting during very hot and dry weather or when heavy rainfall is forecasted.

How to prepare your ginger for planting

Ginger is a root crop, so it does not produce seeds. To grow ginger, you need to gather a group of ginger rhizomes (the root), each with at least one bud.

These buds, or eyes, are where the ginger will grow from.

Cut the rhizome into pieces, making sure each piece has at least one eye on it. Leave the rhizomes for up to a week to dry before planting them.

Now you are ready to plant your ginger.

How to plant ginger in your garden

Grab your garden trowel.

  • Prepare the soil. Add some potting mix and compost and make sure that it drains well. Ginger needs a lot of water, but can’t tolerate being soggy or sitting in wet soil for too long.
  • Dig a hole that is as deep as your ginger is thick (about 5cm) and twice as wide as needed to accommodate your rhizome. Place the piece in the hole with the buds facing up, then cover with soil.
  • Water regularly until established, then only when rain is scarce.

How to grow ginger in a pot

People living in Australia’s cooler climates should grow their ginger in a pot.

The planting process is the same as planting in the garden, as described above.

While the plant is still small, water it twice a week to keep your soil consistently moist but not soggy.

If the soil dries out too quickly, it could hinder the growth of your ginger plant.

Water more frequently if the soil begins to dry out more than an inch down from the surface.

As your ginger plant grows larger and produces more pieces for harvest, it will need less frequent watering.

Can you grow ginger indoors?

Yes, you can. Ginger loves the heat and humidity inside the home and grows best in a container in full sun.

Choose a pot with drainage holes and fill it with sandy, well-drained soil.

Water regularly but don’t allow the soil to become waterlogged.

How long does ginger take to grow?

The growing season for ginger is 8-10 months.

The warmer it is, the faster the plant will grow. The height of the plant is dependent on several factors such as sunlight, humidity and temperature.

When to harvest ginger

Ginger needs up to 10 months to grow from planting to harvest-ready roots.

If planted in spring, it grows for 4 to 5 months before the root develops.

Another 4 months are needed for it to grow fully, after which time you can harvest the ginger. Your ginger should be about 1cm tall.

This usually happens 8 to 10 months after planting.

Remember that once the green stems die down, let the soil dry out before harvesting.

How to harvest ginger

To harvest your ginger, carefully dig down and lift the root out of the soil.

This can be a little tricky, but with some care you should be able to pull it out without damaging the rhizome. If your ginger is large, you’ll probably need to loosen the soil around it first.